Lowcountry Girl Scouts Lose Their Camp: Richmond Plantation Sells

History of Richmond Plantation

Richmond Plantation, Cordesville, SC

Richmond Plantation, and otherwise more fondly known as Girl Scout Plantation, located in Berkeley County recently sold at auction for $2.5 Million, leaving Eastern South Carolina Girl Scouts camp-less. Before we get into all of the money-madness let’s explore some of the history associated with this iconic property. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1980, the plantation signifies important history both for South Carolina as well as the general realm of architecture. While the earliest known existence is unclear, we do know that Colonel John Harleston purchased the property, along with Farmfield Plantation, in 1769. The plantation remained in the Harleston family until a J. St. Clair White purchased the site in 1900. Not long after this the house burned, and the house that stands today was constructed in 1927 by George A. Ellis, co-founder of E.F. Hutton & Co., a stock-brokerage firm located in New York City. The South Carolina Department of Archives and History states that Richmond Plantation is significant for its association with Ellis, but also because it’s “ an example of the phenomenon of the purchase and development of nonproductive southern plantations by wealthy northerners in the years between 1890 and 1940.” The building itself is incredibly beautiful, and is considered to be done in the Shavian Manor Style and was constructed by well-known New York Architectural firm Clinton and Russell. The Low Country Girl Scout Council bought the property in 1963, and it has remained in their possession ever since…until just now.

Going, Going, Gone…Sold at Auction

Last week, the plantation sold at auction for $2.5 million dollars, which is significantly lower than the $7 million asking price the Girl Scouts posted back in 2011. The property was snatched up by hotel and resort developer, Michael Bennett who owns several other developments in Charleston including the Embassy Suites downtown as well as Quinby Plantation in Berkeley County. The sale marks an end of an era for Lowcountry Girl Scouts. For a more in-depth analysis of the financial situation check out the Post and Courier for the full article.

Richmond Plantation, Cordesville, SC

Lois Lane Properties’ Personal Connection to Richmond Plantation

Two of our lovely office members attended Girl Scout camp here when they were growing up, and have nothing but fond memories of this incredible site. Such a special place to attend camp, and an important piece of the Lowcountry, we hope that this place remains a respected and loved property. Richmond Plantation is so beloved here in our office by Ruthie and our marketing maven, Kimber…we would love to know what’s your favorite childhood spot or favorite getaway in the Lowcountry?

Lowcountry, Charleston, SC

With Summer quickly coming to a close (tear) we hope you can get away for your last couple of adventures, and hopefully seek out more of the unseen parts of this beautiful part of the world! Happy exploring, Y’all!


  1. Megan Pirkel says

    I have been a girl scout in the low country for going on 12 years. I am a senior in high school this year! I was very devastated to let my second home go! When girls went there for the summer, they did just that came to have a great summer making great friends under the supervision of amazing camp counselors! This home will live on forever in my heart, I cry everytime I hear the mention of camp. No camp will ever be able to top CLC! I learned to ride horses and take care of them, I learned to shoot a bow and arrow, I learned that being a great leader is nothing unless you are a loyal follower! But most importantly Camp Low Country taught to find myself, put others well before me, and to cherish what you have before its gone.

    Gone but never forgotten,
    Megan Pirkel

  2. Savannah Challe says

    I too attended CLC ever since I entered the first grade and up until the last year before they sold the property. I have a very vivid memory of getting terribly sick (my suspicions go out to my undercooked hotdog) and the camp staff nursed me back to health so to speak. my point form this is, the staff were all amazing and truly cared for the little campers. I think about this magical place all the time- and how it brought all of the campers together.

  3. Kaitlyn Frey says

    I’ve been a Girl Scout for 11years in the Lowcountry and now a Senior in High School. Every year around Feburary I think of Camp Lowcountry because this is normally registration time! I’ve attended with my best friend ever since we were in 2nd grade going to the little 3 day camp where we slept in the Brownie Bungalow (across from the mansion). I’ve done all the camps they had: Traditional, Equestrian, and even at the very end was Super camper which was if you attended CLC for a certain amount of years you got to help out the staff with little jobs. Two years ago I was suppost to be a CIT but I did the Super Camper because my best friend was a year younger and we didn’t want to split up. Camp Lowcountry closed down before I could become a CIT, my mom even bought me a big trunk for Christmas that year so I could bring it to camp… Sadly I’ve never been able to use it. I went to Sandy Ridge and Camp Low and it’s just not the same (don’t get me wrong they are amazing camps but nothing can replace CLC). The last year I ever went to camp was to Sandy Ridge and as we were sitting there doing our usual silly but fun camp song I look over and see Trouble (CLC camp director) standing there and I instantly break into tears along with my friend as we ran to hug her. My favorite part was seeing the counselors make a total fool of them selfs and being totally okay with it! Most of the counselors came back every year and there’s always that game to try to find out the counselors real name instead of their camp name like Giggles(the nurse), Lizard who is sister with Gecko, and Wombat. I was honestly in denial for years after thinking I could save the camp by fundraising or making it my Gold Award but I had to realize I couldn’t do anything after the papers were signed. I wish it didn’t have to end like this but it did and I will forever miss Camp Lowcountry. There’s always a spot in my heart that wishes it was still running!
    It’s been fun,

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