[[File:0552.jpg|thumb|left|252px|Fig. 3, [[Charles Fraser]], ''Monument of Lt. Gov. Bull'', 1803.]]
[[File:2093.jpg|thumb|252px|Fig. 4, [[Mark Catesby]],"Ilex cassine L. dahoon," 1754.]]
Bull settled on land a few miles west of peninsular Charleston along a wide river, later named the Ashley. In 1676 he received a formal grant of 400 acres there, and an additional 100 acres of adjoining property in 1694. <ref> Bull's son, William Bull, would acquire an additional 500 acres in 1707, as well as properties in nearby Granville County, which yielded his principal source of income. See Henry A. M. Smith, "The Upper Ashley; and the Mutations of Families," ''The South Carolina Historical and Geneaological Magazine'', 20 (July 1919): 193, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/MIFTQ36J view on Zotero]; Henry DeSaussure Bull, "Ashley Hall Plantation," ''The South Carolina Historical Magazine'', 53 (April 1952): 61, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/VIMR65QVA view on Zotero]. S. Salley, Jr., "The Bull Family of South Carolina," ''The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine'', 1 (January 1900): 76-77, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/UMNXUMGU view on Zotero]. </ref> Bull pioneered the cultivation of rice on his [[plantation]], and also conducted some of Carolina's earliest agricultural experiments in growing tobacco, indigo, ginger, and potatoes. <ref> "Ashley Hall," 1975, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/QTGI37VX view on Zotero]. </ref> The small, one-story, tabby-walled house that he built ca. 1675 &mdash; one of the oldest extant buildings in South Carolina &mdash; was succeeded in 1704 by a larger, but still quite modest two-story brick house, built for his son, William (1683-1755) [Fig. 1].<ref> Meroney, 1991, 2, 11, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/ZDU4XXDA view on Zotero]; Bull, 1952: 61-62, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/SPT8JW7G view on Zotero]; "Ashley Hall," 1975, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/QTGI37VX view on Zotero]. </ref> William Bull resembled his father in serving in a number of important official capacities, including Lord Proprietor’s deputy (1719), Commissioner of Indian Affairs (1721), and lieutenant governor (1737-1755). A trained surveyor, he assisted General James Edward Oglethorpe (1696 -1784) in settling Georgia and selecting the site of Savannah. <ref>Edgar and Bailey, 1977, 2: 120-22, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/G89DVTV3 view on Zotero]; Salley, 1900: 77-78, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/UMNXUMGU view on Zotero].</ref> In 1722 the English naturalist [[Mark Catesby]] visited him at Ashley Hall, and, according to the Charleston artist [[Charles Fraser]], [[Mark Catesby|Catesby]] "planted by his hand" an [[avenue]] of live oaks leading from an [[orchard]] of pear trees to the house [Fig. 2]. <ref> [[Charles Fraser]], ''Reminiscences of Charleston'' (Charleston, S.C.: J. Russell, 1854), 68, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/VTRNRRX8 view on Zotero]; Hartley, 1984, 59, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/KD3GH3QU view on Zotero].</ref> In the first volume of his ''Natural History'', Catesby illustrated the evergreen dahoon holly (''illex Cassine L.''), which he described as "a very uncommon Plant in ''Carolina'', I having never seen it but at Col. ''Bull’s'' Plantation on ''Ashley'' River, where it grows in a Bog." <ref> Mark Laird, "From Callicarpa to Catalpa: The Impact of Mark Catesby’s Plant Introductions on English Gardens of the Eighteenth Century," in ''Empire’s Vision: Mark Catesby's New World Vision'', ed. Amy R. W. Meyers and Margaret Beck Pritchard (Chapel Hill and London: The University of North Carolina Press, 1998), 207, [https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/VIMR65QV view on Zotero].</ref> Fifteen years later, the Anglican divine [[John Wesley]] noted other rarities at Ashley Hall. <span id="Wesley_cite"></span>Declaring the estate "the pleasantest place I have yet seen in America," he observed that the [[orchard]] and garden abounded with "those sorts of trees and plants and flowers which are esteemed in England," but which American colonists rarely took the trouble to cultivate ([[#Wesley|view text]]).
Image:2016.jpg|Henrietta Augusta Drayton, "Ashley Hall," river side with obelisk in yard, c. 1820.
 
Image: 2093.jpg|[[Mark Catesby]],"Ilex cassine L. dahoon," 1754.]]
 
 
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