History of Richmond Plantation
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.
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?
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!