For Sale: Faithfully Restored Antebellum Plantation House
By Emily Heffter
After her husband's death in the 1870s, 31-year-old Elizabeth Allston Pringle moved back to her late father's plantation and managed it in what was at the time a man's world. When the bills piled up, she sold her story in a New York Sun weekly column, later published into a book, "A Woman Rice Planter," in 1914.
The Chicora Wood Plantation is a historic, scenic property in Georgetown County, South Carolina, now for sale for $15 million. This 1,000-acre plantation at 6646 Plantersville Road was one of seven held by Pringle's father, South Carolina Gov. Robert F. Allston, when his holdings produced 1.5 million pounds of rice a year before the Civil War.
The current owners have restored the home to its pre-Civil War glory. The oldest parts of the home were built in 1784, and it still sits like a trip back in time under the moss-covered oak trees.
The antebellum manor house and accompanying guesthouses and workhouses sit on a mile of Pee Dee River front, once used to transport the rice to market.
The 10,000-square-foot mansion features a formal drawing room with windows overlooking the formal garden, a grand staircase, a library with a double-sided fireplace and an elegant formal dining room.
Upstairs, the home has a staircase with "nanny windows" to peek into the former nursery.
The farm is still a working agricultural property, now producing sod. Many of the former rice fields are now used for hunting.
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