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There are a lot of mattress companies in South Carolina that claim to have the perfect mattress for everyone. At Sleep King, we believe that every person is different and has different needs when it comes to their mattress. That's why our mattress store in Moncks Corner, SC, has a wide variety of beds and brands to choose from. That way, you can find the right mattress for your body and get the very best sleep quality possible.

As a family-owned and operated mattress store with more than 40 years of experience in the sleep industry, we know a thing or two about comfortable mattresses. Moncks Corner residents choose Sleep King because we provide our customers with a personalized shopping experience. When you walk through our showroom doors, we want you to feel comfortable - both on our mattresses and with our store associates. At Sleep King, you won't ever have to worry about pushy salespeople and limited selection. Instead, you will discover that we encourage you to take your time as you search for your next bed. Sleep is incredibly important, and by proxy, finding the right mattress for your body type is too.

When you visit our showroom in Moncks Corner, know that we are a full-service store with mattress experts ready to help. From questions about mattresses and their warranties to financing and mattress delivery, there's no question we haven't heard before.

We carry some of the most popular brands in America, and unlike other mattress stores in Moncks Corner, offer them at the lowest prices around, guaranteed. There's a reason why we were voted your #1 mattress store in the Lowcountry - because we truly care about our customers and their quality of sleep!

Looking for discounts? Need to buy your mattress on a strict budget? We've got you covered at our new mattress clearance center in Moncks Corner, where we have more than 50 models on display at 50-80% off retail value. Don't forget to ask us about our flexible financing options, where no credit is needed to make a purchase. Paying cash? We'll knock 5% off your bill!

As if that weren't enough reason to visit, remember that we provide free delivery, setup, and removal of your old mattress for FREE when you make a purchase at Sleep king.

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Why Choose Our Mattress
Store in Moncks Corner, SC?

Our business model is simple - give customers quality beds from national brands at amazing prices, coupled with unmatched customer service. We know that your sleep is essential but also understand that normal folks aren't made of money. You need a solution that isn't going to break the bank, which is why we offer up to 75% off our products.

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When we say we have a bed for every budget, we're serious.
A few of our mix and match deals include:

Sets Prize
Twin Mattress Sets Beginning at $169.00
Full Mattress Sets Beginning at $199.00
Queen Mattress Sets Beginning at $229.00
King Mattress Sets Beginning at $449.00

Of course, a mattress would be incomplete without a headboard, footboard, and rails. For queen mattresses, those items combined are only $199. At our mattress store, we pledge to beat any competitor's price on similar product specs - guaranteed! Here are just a few of the benefits of shopping at Mattress King

  • *FREE* Bed Frame for Your New Bed*
  • *FREE* Same-Day Local Mattress Delivery to Your Home*
  • *FREE* Set-Up & Removal of Old Mattress from Your Home*
  • *FREE* Mattress Pad Included with New Mattress*
  • Rest Easy with Our 60-Day Comfort Guarantee
  • We Have the Best Selection of Mattresses in Moncks Corner with Five National Vendors
  • On-Time Delivery
  • Best Warranties in the Industry
  • Sleep King Will Beat Anyone's Advertise Price by $50*(on purchases $299 and above)
  • 0% Financing for 48 Months (APR, With Approved Credit)
  • *See Store for Additional Details
Our Selection of National Mattress Brands

Our Selection of
National Mattress
Brands

At Sleep King, we carry the largest selection of high-quality national brand mattresses in Moncks Corner.

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Sleep King MLILY Mattresses

Often considered the best mattress brand in the world, innovation sets MLILY mattresses apart from others. Our customers love MLILY mattresses because they are expertly built through decades of research and rigorous testing. The folks at MLILY are committed to precision, meaning every detail of product detail they push is geared towards the ultimate satisfaction and comfort.

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Sleep Restonic Mattresses

Restonic Mattresses: Restonic line of mattresses are multi-layered beds with cooling foam technology that adds resilience, support, and temperature control. The result is a cool, comfy sleep that leaves you refreshed and ready to attack the day.

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Sleep King Comfort Sleep Mattresses

Every mattress in the Comfort Sleep lineup has a great combo of support and comfort, making for a restful night's sleep. With heavy-gauge coils and high-performance materials, these mattresses are durable and built to last. Be sure to try one of these mattresses out in our showroom - our customers love the pocketed coils and minimal motion transfer.

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Sleep King Golden Mattresses

The Golden brand is lesser known than some, like Tempurpedic. Still, it is a quality product with many foam and non-foam options that we think you'll love. Choose from standard memory foam, hybrid, and innerspring options while visiting our showroom in Moncks Corner.

Tips on Choosing the Best Bed

There's much more to choosing a good bed than how you think it will look in your bedroom. There's plenty to think about, from innerspring options to memory foam and even hybrid mattresses. At Sleep King, our priority is our customers. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service. We want to do right by you, which why we want to be sure you find the perfect bed when you visit our mattress store in Moncks Corner, SC. To help you get started, here are a few tips on choosing the best bed for your sleep needs.

Visit a Showroom

Visit a Showroom

This tip might seem like a no-brainer to some, but it's important that you visit a showroom so that you can lay on different beds to get a feel for what you like. At Mattress King, you will have the chance to explore different styles, designs, and shapes, and mattress materials. Finding a bed online at a price you can afford is great, but you should lie on the bed first, not just look at it on a screen.

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Determine Budget

Determine Budget

Here's a surprising fact: just because a mattress costs more money, it doesn't mean it's going to be a better bed. Sure, more expensive beds might have newer technologies and materials, but not everyone has the budget to walk into a mattress store in Moncks Corner and spend $3,000. Figure out what price range you're comfortable paying and look at the best options for your bottom line.

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Consider Bedroom Size

Consider Bedroom Size

Before you swing by our showroom and start trying out beds, it might be a good idea to measure the space where your new mattress will go. If your bedroom is on the small side, a king-sized bed might be too big. Similarly, a small bed in a huge room might make for strange aesthetics. Aim for a reasonable amount of room around your bed - enough where you can walk around comfortably. As mentioned above, get specific measurements of the area you plan to use. That way, you have peace of mind knowing your new mattress will fit in your bedroom.

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Consider Bedroom Size

Choose a Mattress Material

This tip often comes down to personal preference. It will take a little bit of trial and error to figure out which material works best for your back - innerspring, memory foam, or latex. While your friend's and family's opinions matter, keep in mind that their mattress choice was subjective. What works for them won't necessarily work for you.

Need a quick refresher on different mattress materials? Here's a quick overview
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Innerspring

Also called coil mattresses, innerspring beds are probably the most well-known on this short list. Innerspring mattresses are often more affordable than their latex and memory foam counterparts. These beds are ideal for people who want a lot of support and a cooler night's sleep.

Latex

This material is known for its great cooling properties and overall comfort. With latex, there are no strange off-gassing odors like you sometimes get with memory foam. Latex mattresses are ideal for people who want a responsive, bouncy feel and may have problems sleeping hot.

Memory Foam

First developed by NASA in the 70s, memory foam is probably the most popular material in the modern mattress market. Memory foam conforms to every inch of your body, giving you maximum comfort and support. Memory foam is also know for its anti-motion properties. Memory foam can be a great choice if you tend to toss and turn at night and sleep with a partner who wakes up when you do. Memory foam mattresses are ideal for people who need pressure relief, good support, and refreshing comfort.

Think About Your Back

Think About Your Back

If you have a bad back, it's crucial that you find a mattress with proper support. Slat and spring beds often offer plenty of support, but latex and memory foam options have come a long way. If you want memory foam or latex but find the support to be subpar, consider an adjustable base instead of a normal platform. That way, you can always sleep in a comfortable position that benefits your back.

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Your Premier Furniture Store
Moncks Corner, SC

You read that right! Sleep King is the first choice for quality beds in Moncks Corner, but we also have a huge selection of furniture for your home. If you're looking for a one-stop-shop for mattresses and furniture alike, you have come to the right place. If you're shopping for a new mattress at the best price possible, why not throw in a bedroom suite at an amazing price too?

A few common furniture items that our customers love to add
to their mattress purchase include:
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Living Room Sets - from traditional-style suites with classic textures to modern sets with attractive upholstery, we will help you find the best living room set for your home.

Bedroom Suites - our bedroom suites range from contemporary to classic and come in a variety of colors and styles to compliment your new mattress purchase.

Daybeds - from English-style daybeds available in espresso and cherry colors to multi-purpose beds with pull-out trundles, our selection of daybeds is unbeatable.

Futons - if you have younger children, they will love our futons. Who are we kidding? Adults do too! Futons are incredibly useful in small spaces and convert into comfy-cozy beds perfect for kids of all ages.

Bunkbeds - bunkbeds are another great option to consider if you have kids. Whether you have a classic-style home or an apartment, we have a style that fits you.

At Sleep King, we are proud to have the lowest prices in the Lowcountry

If you like what you see but don't have time to visit our mattress store in Moncks Corner, don't worry. Our online store is bursting with new items and deals every day. From mattresses and bedding to furniture sets and special sale items, Mattress King has got it all. With the highest quality mattresses, the best prices in Moncks Corner, a giant showroom with all the options, and a full team of helpful sales associates, you won't ever need to find another mattress and furniture store again!

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Confidence through barbering: Julian Kelly paving new roads for novice professionals

Through his travels on both coasts, barbering has been a rewarding experience for Julian Kelly, who owns and operates his CTB (Confidence Through the Art of Barbering) shop in Moncks Corner. But individual success isn’t what life’s all about for the Los Angeles native, as he’s currently seeking to expand the pool of aspiring barbers he can shepherd through the process of gaining certification and realizing their career dreams.Until now, Kelly, 47, has welcomed a host of trainees to learn and work in his place of busi...

Through his travels on both coasts, barbering has been a rewarding experience for Julian Kelly, who owns and operates his CTB (Confidence Through the Art of Barbering) shop in Moncks Corner. But individual success isn’t what life’s all about for the Los Angeles native, as he’s currently seeking to expand the pool of aspiring barbers he can shepherd through the process of gaining certification and realizing their career dreams.

Until now, Kelly, 47, has welcomed a host of trainees to learn and work in his place of business — located at 391 Corner Square Plaza — as part of his on-the-job instruction program, which limits him to two shop apprentices over an 11-month period.

Going forward, the enterprising philanthropist hopes to generate the necessary funds to open a college that would allow Kelly to service 30-90 people a year. As a member of this group, each student would be able to earn a barbering state certification over a period of eight months to two years if needed.

If all goes according to plan, per the one-time Naval officer, seven or eight out of every 10 of his students will consist of foster children, disabled individuals or formerly incarcerated men and women who are seeking a second chance in life.

“To me, in my experience dealing with that, a lot of people go back and forth to jail because they really don’t have a map in life. They really don’t have anything to lose. So, our purpose in that is to try to give them a reason to stay out of jail, to try to give them a way of life they may not have thought of and give them an income — a purpose,” explained Kelly, a father of five, who has been cutting, shaving and grooming heads at a professional level since 1998, although he initially acquired his skills back in high school.

“I mean, it’s the same thing for foster kids and a lot of them lose their way because they don’t have anything to keep them structured. So, I try to create structure and give them a reason to [work] and to be able to pay their bills, and be able to look their family in the face and be something — give them something to be proud of.”

Kelly prepares his students by advising them to put in their “mileage” in terms of working on as many heads as possible before he can confidently deem an individual ready to undergo state testing and ultimately emerge as a full-fledged barber.

That testing also entails plenty of reading, said Kelly, which includes tackling literature on the history of barbering, where it originated and what people did before the advent of modern-day barbers.

Once someone has refined their cutting and grooming skills, he added, their next challenge is building a strong client base, which nowadays requires both novices and grizzled pros to broadcast their work via social media channels (i.e. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube etc.).

To that end, barber stations inside CTB are all equipped with cell phone holders that are used when the cutter and/or hair stylist is attempting to record video while tending to a customer.

“That’s how you get your following and how get people to know what you’ve been doing. I believe that in this field, everybody should know you as a barber and then you won’t really have to be looking for people to fill your chairs up,” continued Kelly.

The other key to mastering the art of barbering is servicing a wide range of customers, including females, to avoid falling into a routine of providing everyone with the same haircut, which can sometimes happen in large chain businesses.

Being versatile, he noted, means being well-versed in handling any type of follicle variation and/or texture, along with knowing how to work with the elasticity of different skin types.

“I like to cater to everybody in the community. I don’t care what your ethnicity is, what kind of hair it is, I like to teach my students not to be scared to get into anybody’s hair and give them what they want.”

Pedestrian safety concerns on Old Moncks Corner Rd. lead to more sidewalks

People who ride their bikes and walk in Goose Creek say they want to feel safer.CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - People who ride their bikes and walk in Goose Creek say they want to feel safer. With the new construction of a large park and amphitheater near Old Moncks Corner Road, they say they wish they didn’t have to take a car and clog the roads.John Polito, who lives in the area, says he wants his safety as a pedestrian to be just as prioritized as new construction.“We have a lot of really great assets, but they...

People who ride their bikes and walk in Goose Creek say they want to feel safer.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - People who ride their bikes and walk in Goose Creek say they want to feel safer. With the new construction of a large park and amphitheater near Old Moncks Corner Road, they say they wish they didn’t have to take a car and clog the roads.

John Polito, who lives in the area, says he wants his safety as a pedestrian to be just as prioritized as new construction.

“We have a lot of really great assets, but they’re not connected,” Polito said.

Polito has been riding his bike down Old Moncks Corner Rd. in Goose Creek for the last ten years. He frequently visits the Berkeley County Public Library in Goose Creek and South Berkeley Seniors Center located off this road. This is the same area that has the soon-to-be $9 million Center Creek Park and $4 million Joseph S. Daning Amphitheater. He says there are currently no sidewalks in this area to bring him to all these places.

“[One-percent] of the money that went into that park down there is all we need to build sidewalks, about 1,900 ft. of sidewalks from the park to the library, so everybody can safely get to the library and use it,” Polito said.

According to the #CreekRising Community Survey that the city released in May 2021, one of the top concerns amongst residents was accessibility and condition of transportation options, such as roadways, sidewalks, etc.

Crystal Reed, recreation director for the city, says they are in the engineering phase of building a 10 ft. trail on the opposite side of the street from the library and the park with crosswalks connecting to it.

“So, the goal for the rec department and the city is to provide entertainment, high-quality recreation in the area, so we can reduce car traffic and people can get to these places via these trails,” Reed said.

There is currently a trail across from the park, but not one that goes all the way to the library or senior center. The city says they cannot put a sidewalk on the same side of the road as these amenities because of gas lines, drainage and a cemetery.

Polito says he wants to see the plan and wishes they had it in the city’s comprehensive plan.

“We need council to get serious about safety and as serious about safety as they are about growth,” Polito said.

The city says there is currently no timeline on this project, and they don’t know how much it’s going to cost. They say it is not a recurring budget item, but this would be under a special project. It would be paid for by ARP funds and donations.

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Questions concerning Berkeley Co. Schools superintendent’s certification

The South Carolina Department of Education says they do not have a superintendent certification on record for Dr. Anthony Dixon,MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCSC) - The South Carolina Department of Education says they do not have a superintendent certification on record for Dr. Anthony Dixon, Berkeley County Schools’ newest superintendent.The majority of the school board voted to fire former Superinte...

The South Carolina Department of Education says they do not have a superintendent certification on record for Dr. Anthony Dixon,

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCSC) - The South Carolina Department of Education says they do not have a superintendent certification on record for Dr. Anthony Dixon, Berkeley County Schools’ newest superintendent.

The majority of the school board voted to fire former Superintendent Deon Jackson and replace him with Dr. Anthony Dixon just three weeks ago.

“By state board regulation, educators have to be appropriately credentialed for the positions that they hold,” Mary Hipp, director of educator services for the S.C. Department of Education, said.

According to the state board of education regulation on appointment of a superintendent, “Administrators serving as area or district superintendents for the first time after June 30, 1968, shall hold a superintendent’s certificate.”

When looking up Dr. Anthony Dixon’s name in the certification public lookup, no superintendent certification is listed.

David Barrow, BCSD board member-at-large, says this should be up for question.

“With teachers and other certified staff, must be certified in the areas of their employment status,” Barrow said. “So, why is Dr. Dixon an exception to this requirement?”

To receive a superintendent certification, the S.C. Department of Education says someone must provide a request, a college transcript and a verification and recommendation form from their alma mater or from the individual themselves. When getting a request, it will go on file and the department will provide correspondence to the requestee on what is missing.

Hipp says updating certifications in their system should only take a couple of weeks, depending on when universities can provide the criteria.

The S.C. Department of Education says they still need Dixon’s information from his alma mater, South Carolina State, to fulfill his certification.

Derek Phillips, the S.C. Department of Education’s communication director says it looks like they got a request for his superintendent certification from Dixon back in 2018 and another time since then. They did not give specific dates of these requests.

“As far as pursuing a position as a superintendent, districts set the criteria,” Hipp said. “You know, local boards will set the criteria for the individual that they’re looking for.”

She said it’s possible that if someone is working towards their certification when they’re hired as a superintendent, the district can request something, like a permit, within the holding period until they receive the certification.

If someone is named superintendent and is found out afterwards that they don’t hold the certification, Hipp says their Office of Federal and State Accountability has an auditing process that goes through what educators and administrators are up to date on their credentials. However, now all districts are in it every year.

The Berkeley County School District says Dixon is certified, and they don’t know why the department would say otherwise. Katie Tanner, the district’s public information officer, provided this statement.

Dr. Dixon completed all requirements of the EDS-Educational Administration program and was awarded the Educational Specialist Degree in July 2013. He additionally completed all requirements of the EDD- Educational Administration program and was awarded his Doctor of Education Degree in May 2018. Dr. Dixon requested an update to his certificate to include Superintendent as a certification field, and representatives from the state department indicated to him that they are only awaiting receipt of a form to be completed by representatives from his program of study. Once that process is complete, his certification will accurately reflect Superintendent as a certification field.

Additionally, Dr. Dixon was vetted by the School Board Association when becoming a finalist for the superintendency in spring 2021.

When asking South Carolina State about these requests, they say only the S.C. Department of Education can answer questions about a student’s academics. As of now, the department of education does not have those on record.

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Celebrate The Season Holiday Lights Driving Tour Starts Nov. 25

New this year, kickoff Celebrate The Season at Holiday in the Park on Nov. 25 and Nov. 26.MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – The 12th annual Celebrate The Season charitable event, a family-friendly, month-long holiday festival, takes place daily from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. from Nov. 25 through Dec. 30 (closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 25). Celebrate The Season, organized and hosted by Santee Cooper, has donated more than $1 million to local charities, including the Coastal Community Foundation’s Giving Back to Berkeley Fund, since 2011. Berkeley Elec...

New this year, kickoff Celebrate The Season at Holiday in the Park on Nov. 25 and Nov. 26.

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – The 12th annual Celebrate The Season charitable event, a family-friendly, month-long holiday festival, takes place daily from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. from Nov. 25 through Dec. 30 (closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 25). Celebrate The Season, organized and hosted by Santee Cooper, has donated more than $1 million to local charities, including the Coastal Community Foundation’s Giving Back to Berkeley Fund, since 2011. Berkeley Electric Cooperative will again serve as the festival’s presenting sponsor.

For only $5 per vehicle, visitors can drive through Celebrate The Season’s mile-long Holiday Lights Driving Tour, where thousands of festive holiday lights complement the natural beauty of Old Santee Canal Park. Participants can take as many trips as they like on the day they purchase their ticket.

New this year, Old Santee Canal Park will host Holiday in the Park from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 25 and 26. This kickoff event is included with admission to the Holiday Lights Driving Tour, which begins at Santee Cooper Headquarters at 1 Riverwood Dr. in Moncks Corner and ends in the park. Bring your family and friends for food, entertainment, a visit with Santa, and many other activities to help usher in the holiday season.

The beautiful LED lighting displays are powered by 100% Santee Cooper Green Power, which is Green-e Energy certified and meets the environmental and consumer-protection standards set forth by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions. Learn more at www.green-e.org.

For those looking for additional weekend festivities, Holiday Fairs at Moncks Corner Regional Recreation Complex, organized by the Town of Moncks Corner, will be held each Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. from Dec. 2 to Dec. 17. Admission to the Holiday Fairs, which features holiday-themed entertainment and activities, is free.

Santee Cooper is South Carolina’s largest power provider, the ultimate source of electricity for 2 million people across the state, and one of America’s Best Midsize Employers as named by Forbes. Through its low-cost, reliable and environmentally responsible electricity and water services, and through innovative partnerships and initiatives that attract and retain industry and jobs, Santee Cooper helps power South Carolina. To learn more, visit www.santeecooper.com and follow #PoweringSC on social media.

Nicholas G. Roosevelt and his Gippy Plantation cows

In late 1927, Nicholas G. Roosevelt of New York and Philadelphia, purchased a part of the original barony of Fairlawn, consisting of 1,187 acres, known as Gippy Plantation. An old tradition has it that the plantation was named for a run-away slave who hid for a period of time in a hollow tree, the other slaves feeding him by night.Gippy is one of the several plantations cut off from Fairlawn barony, beginning as far back as 1769. Gippy was separated from the original grant in 1821. It was originally a John L. White plantation, but it ...

In late 1927, Nicholas G. Roosevelt of New York and Philadelphia, purchased a part of the original barony of Fairlawn, consisting of 1,187 acres, known as Gippy Plantation. An old tradition has it that the plantation was named for a run-away slave who hid for a period of time in a hollow tree, the other slaves feeding him by night.

Gippy is one of the several plantations cut off from Fairlawn barony, beginning as far back as 1769. Gippy was separated from the original grant in 1821. It was originally a John L. White plantation, but it has changed hands several times. Roosevelt bought it from the Stoney family.

Gippy’s house, a large colonial type, was probably built about 1840. Groups of ancient cedars, flanked on each side by live oaks, stood at a distance from the house. On one side, a landscaped garden ran down the hill to a small stream over which a little white bridge arched. In sight was a herd of twenty-five sheep, grazing on the lawns.

In 1852, John Sims White lost by fire the house his father had built on this plantation. To help him out, all the neighborhood recruited [African-American] artisans and the house was rebuilt in record time.

It is said that Mr. Roosevelt smiled when asked if he was related to the “Colonel” and the “Governor.” He admits, “distantly!”

Roosevelt bought Gippy, originally, with a plan for a duck preserve. This idea expanded considerably when he saw possibilities for dairy farming. Starting by building a model dairy, Roosevelt was visited by representatives of the American Guernsey Association and Clemson dairy department, both of whom encouraged his continuance in dairy development.

Mr. Roosevelt started his dairy project with eighty cows in October of 1928. Forty-one were registered Guernsey and thirty-nine were good grade cows. His plan was to start with good grade milkers and build up to pure-bred cows.

Placed in charge of the dairy was Mr. F.B. Avery, an experienced dairyman from the state of New York. He bought the original herd and brought it to Gippy. He lived in a nearby cottage and “was always on the job.”

By mid-1930, Roosevelt’s cows were under observation by the dairy industry, they realizing the importance of quality bulls and how they provided the surest and quickest increase of a quality dairy herd. So much so, that the South Carolina Agriculture Society held their summer meeting at Gippy, with speakers and others from Clemson’s dairy school inspecting the famous Guernsey herd.

Gippy’s cows were provided an overhead shelter, demonstrating the practicality of open-air climate. Through it ran a 54-foot hay rack, from which the cows feed themselves as they will. The shelter was open on all sides except the north, where shutters could be closed in severe weather and opened in fair weather. Above was a loft that held approximately seventy tons of hay, unloaded into the loft by means of a hay fork and pulley lifting it from the wagons.

The milking barns were all that could be asked for, immaculately clean concrete, windows screened and a track overhead to remove all manure to a pit in the rear of the barn yard. The barns are all flushed with pure water from a flowing well on the property . . . until thoroughly cleaned. The manure is spread to build up the plantation lands, much of them had been idle over the years.

Mr. Roosevelt raised his own hay, oats, corn, and proclaimed the average farmer who keeps cows should have no problem in doing so. Cows are fed a meal of commercial feed, mixed with one-third home-grown feed, including oats and corn ground on the farm, subsidized with sileage from the immense silo adjoining the milk barn. At times, cows also received some dried beet pulp. This was made from the sugar beets after the sugar has been extracted. It is supposed to be a milk producer.

In the milking barn are scales where each cow’s milking is weighed and records kept in books. Each cow, milked three times per day,was named, and it was said that their master (F.B. Avery) knew each by name.

It’s now Spring of 1931 and an announcement of the Mayfield brothers, dairymen from Denmark, visiting at Gippy plantation in Berkeley County. The Guernsey breed of dairy cattle here are quite an attraction. In modern environment of pasture and stall, an interesting exhibit was found by the Danes, men of like craft.

We move to January of 1932 and see this notice, “Not only does Nicholas G. Roosevelt, the well-known owner of Gippy plantation of Berkeley County believe in pure-bred cows for his county, but he is boosting up more and better poultry among the 4-H Club members. These club members will not only learn how to raise better flocks, but they will be trained in business transactions. Parents of these students, countywide, are giving one hundred percent in this poultry project, so each member has every chance of developing the four big H’s and becoming outstanding citizens of the county and state.”

Then in September, we see more and more evidence of the impact of Nicholas Roosevelt, typical of announcements found in the news, “Approximately 150 farmers and stock-raisers attended a field day and barbecue today at Gippy plantation. The event was sponsored by the South Carolina Guernsey Cattle club, the visitors being guests of Nicholas Roosevelt, owner of Gippy plantation.”

We can readily see that this man had a tremendous impact on Berkeley County and its development. Another example as we spring forward to January 1933, “Moncks Corner, January 14, Special: The new Berkeley County Hospital, which cost $125,000, will be opened here tomorrow with speeches, a barbecue, and a tour of inspection. Two of its largest individual contributors, Hugh S. Robinson, of New York and Bonneau Ferry plantation, and Nicholas Roosevelt, of Philadelphia and Gippy plantation, will be present.”

Fast forward to October 23, 1941, “Moncks Corner; Five dairy buildings were destroyed at Gippy plantation, owned by Nicholas G. Roosevelt, late yesterday. The barn, refrigerating unit, milk house, testing house and the storage plant were in the blaze and the loss estimated at around $50,000. None of the residential buildings were damaged. They were shielded by shrubbery. None of the livestock were injured or lost.”

And then on April 21, 1960, we read, “Moncks Corner – The ancient sport of lancing, popular in Berkeley County since 1851, pushed aside present-day problems here Wednesday. The knights, displaying their ability on horseback and with the lance, speared tiny rings for the right to name their lady fair.

“Approximately 1,200 persons watched the thirty-three riders in the two divisions perform on the spacious grounds in front of the beautiful Gippy Plantation home at the 10th Annual Pinopolis Lancing Tournament. Led by Markley Dennis, as Lord Berkeley, and Mrs. Markley Dennis as Lady Berkeley, the parade of carriages included local leaders as famous historic personages. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Gaillard of Numertia Plantation rode in the first carriage as Gen. and Mrs. Francis Marion. Bands from Berkeley and Macedonia High Schools provided the music for the opening of the tournament and during the colorful event.”

And then on June 29, 1965, we sadly read, “Nicholas Guy Roosevelt, owner of Gippy Plantation in Berkeley County, died yesterday at his Ambler, Pa. home “The Highlands.” He was 81. Mr. Roosevelt, a cousin of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and distantly related to President Theodore Roosevelt, bought Gippy Plantation as a winter home in 1927. He made the antebellum plantation productive, cultivating its rice fields, and creating pasture of sheep and cattle. His Guernsey cows won many awards for milk production. He was a retired engineer and efficiency expert, and once, served as president of Day & Zimmerman, consulting engineers. He was associated with W.H. Newbold’s Son & Co., investment brokers. He was a past president of the Carolina Plantation Society. Mr. Roosevelt was born July 21, 1883, in Morristown, N.J., a son of Nicholas Latrobe Roosevelt and Mrs. Eleanor Dean Roosevelt. His widow is the former Miss Emily Wharton Sinkler of Belvedere Plantation, Eutawville, S.C. Funeral services will be held tomorrow in St. Thomas Protestant Episcopal Church in Whatemarsh, Pa. Burial will be in the churchyard.”

Compiled from various Charleston News and Courier newspaper articles by Keith Gourdin

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