For sale: $15 million
The Chicora Wood Plantation was at one time part of the largest rice-producing franchise in the South, producing 1.5 million pounds of rice a year when it was run by Southern politician Robert F. Allston, the one-time governor of South Carolina.
He lost his homes to creditors after the Civil War, and his daughter, Elizabeth Pringle, bought the rice plantation back and ran it. When money was tight, she began chronicling her circumstances in letters to the New York Sun, which ran them under the pseudonym Patience Pennington. They were later published into a book, “A Woman Rice Planter,” in 1914.
The Pringle family is one of just three to have owned this historic plantation since it was granted by King George II in 1732. The 10,000-square-foot manor house, including 10 bedrooms and nine bathrooms, has been restored by the current owners.
The entry is marked by a grand staircase and formal drawing and dining rooms with heavy doors and ornate chandeliers. The home has an updated kitchen and a large master bath alongside original features such as a bread oven and root cellar in the original kitchen, and a hidden attic with views of the moss-covered oaks and more than a mile of riverfront access.
In addition to the main house, the 1,000-acre property has a schoolhouse that has been converted to a three-bedroom, two-bath guest cottage, a caretaker’s house, a carriage house, rice threshing mill, shipping barn and other buildings. The plantation now produces turf, and more than 100 acres of impounded rice fields are now used for hunting.
The monthly cost for owning this historic gem? An estimated $57,400.
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