Historic Twickenham Plantation near Beaufort SC for sale
Twickenham Plantation could be the perfect home for a wealthy introvert, a wealthy history buff or a wealthy hunter. (Or someone who’s all of the above, maybe?)
If you’ve got $ 17.5 million to spend on your next move, this large, historic property with a private dock on the Combahee River in northern Beaufort County is worth a visit in person. The rest of us will just have to flip through the photos and daydream.
The plantation comprises over 2,500 acres in the ACE Basin west of Yemassee, a restored historic house, two guest houses, a manager’s house, stables, barns and other outbuildings.
Jon Kohler and Associates’ real estate ad says hundreds of acres are considered ideal for waterfowl hunting. It promises “excellent populations of wild birds of teals, ringnecks, wood ducks, pintails and other species”, as well as “ancient quail antlers” and excellent possibilities for those looking for fish. turkeys or white-tailed deer.
“The duck hunting here is just as good as it gets,” says the listing, which includes as many photos of the property as it does of the house.
The main house, which has two floors with a wide porch and a balcony on the second floor, was built around 1878 by Major John Screven.
It is over 4,000 square feet and has four bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms. A remodel to add modern functionality was completed in 2018.
Even in the part of the advertisement relating to the house itself, the land seems to take center stage.
“A formal dining room overlooks the gardens designed by Robert Marvin and Douglas Duany, landscape architects who are credited with other works like the Augusta National Golf Club, the Sea Pines Resort and the grounds of Governors Mansion,” says t -he.
A history included with the real estate advertisement details ownership of the estate dating back to the early 1700s as a rice plantation.
He says that in 1860 Thomas Middleton Hanckel, a Charleston lawyer who owned Twickenham, had 127 slaves and was a signatory of the South Carolina Secession Order that led to the Civil War. The plantation produced 553,500 pounds of rice that year.
On June 2, 1863, many slaves escaped from Twickenham into what is now known as the Raid on the Combahee river by the Union Navy and Harriett Tubman, according to the story. The original house was burnt down during General William Sherman’s march out of Savannah in 1865.
The surroundings of Twickenham Plantation are rural, but getting there won’t be a problem if you have your own plane. The property has a private airstrip.