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Sinclair Plantation

Sinclair, the property that was developed in Oglethorpe's time by Archibald Sinclair, was known in plantation days as St. Clair, evidently a corruption of the name Sinclair.
In 1745 this tract was named as one of the successful plantations on St. Simons Island. However, the property was not listed in the 1755 Entry of Claims, which indicates that the family had left the island and that the Sinclair grant was vacant.
In 1765 the land was granted to Donald Forbes. Forbes sold to Lachlan McIntosh, whose son. Major William McIntosh, lived in the old plantation house until his death in 1799. A headstone placed by the Daughters of the American Revolution marks Major McIntosh's grave, and nearby are the little brick tombs of his two Children.
The property was bought from the McIntosh estate by Major Pierce Butler, who sold to Alexander Wylly; and Sinclair, known at that time as St. Clair, was included in Wylly's Village Plantation. When Mrs. Wylly's mother, Mrs. Ann Armstrong, came from the Bahamas to make her home on St. Simons, she lived in the old St. Clair house where she died in 1816. And when the Wyllys' daughter, Frances, was married to Dr. William Fraser, "late of the Royal Navy" and brother of John Fraser, the couple lived for a time at St. Clair before moving to Darien, where Dr. Fraser served as mayor.
The house was later used as a meeting place for the bon vivant St. Clair Club. It was also headquarters for the Agricultural and Sporting Club organized by island planters in 1832. The old plantation house burned in 1857. Over the following years the place belonged to various owners and in 1954 a bronze marker was erected on the Sinclair tract by the Georgia Historical Commission.



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