Grove Plantation, in Adams Run, South Carolina was begun with a land grant in 1694. The land, and buildings, changed hands 9 times before the US Civil War. This was very unusual since most plantations remained in the same family for generations.
The main house (above) was built in 1828. It is one of a very few antebellum plantations not burned by the Union Army.
Prior to the Civil War this plantation was merged with nearby Pine Plantation making this a large land holding. It was (still is) remote from the centers of commerce. At one point the Grove Plantation also ran schooners between Charleston and the rural plantations as a business.
Now the plantation connects to a state road with a private 2 mile dirt road.
Like most plantations roads lead to the back of the build.
South Carolina did what most US states could not. They created a huge Nature Conservancy and partnership with public and private lands. Grove Plantation borders this but is owned by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The wildlife management area has 23 boat launches in 350,000 acres (1,400 km) here.
Architecture you would never build today. Most likely the cost would exceed the rest of the home.
I don’t shoot many scenes like these but I did love this staircase. So much so I have several other angles and finishes in progress.
When shooting this it is not possible to have the entire room in the photograph. Even wide lens (like this) will not work in the limited space. However, for me a unique feature like this I can work with.
I am committing the sin of creating this on my IPad. I have given up the idea of finding a keyboard case that fits, or works, so articles like this are subject to the whims the ‘machine lords’. I am convinced my device does its best to embarrass me. An apology in advance.
As usual the exact name of the species escapes me.
As we have hit the Lowcountry tropical heat and storm season most of us have limited time or strength out and about. Now when a critter makes an appearance we will jump at the chance for an easy shot.
I did not plan on visiting this old plantation building, the marshes here were the goal. I knew it was impressive, but it was much more than expected.
Grove Plantation is not your tourist destination. It is beautifully maintained, but it is the admin offices for the National Park Services, ACE Basin. That’s great since this lands abuts to all the state ACE Basin land.
The building is one of a handful of plantations not burned during the civil war. Maybe being far away from just about everything helped.
There is a long and interesting history here. I will try get a few high level facts to include with the balance of the photographs to be published.