South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Gopher Branch Heritage Preserve
Property LocationAiken, SC 29801
Latitude: 33.661 Longitude:-81.793
Property Type: Heritage Preserve - Cultural
NO Hunting Allowed on Property
Hours of Operation
The preserve is only available for visitation by guided tour.
Gopher Branch Heritage Preserve, owned and managed by the SC Department of Natural Resources, is the location of Reverend John Landrum's home and his alkaline glaze stoneware pottery. Landrum is believed to be the founder of the alkaline glaze stoneware tradition in the Old Edgefield District. Scholars are confident that many of the innovations in this industry were begun at Landrum's home on Gopher Branch. Utilitarian wares such as jugs, churns and other items were produced by Landrum. Also, "Dave," a slave potter of some renown, worked for Landrum and his son-in-law Lewis Miles. Dave is well known for his couplets that were incised into his large jugs.