By JIM PARKER

The Post and Courier

The May 3, 1905, advertisement on page 7 of the Post and Courier’s forerunner, The News and Courier, tells it all.

Titled “Clementia” Mineral Spring, the promo introduces readers to a seemingly remarkable potion uncovered in a natural disaster.

“The Earthquake of 1886 gave to this section one of the few natural Gas Springs in the world, the water of which gives sure relief to those afflicted with weak digestion, torpid liver, malaria, kidney or bladder trouble. A speedy cleanser of system surcharged with alcohol; a renovator for beer drinkers; a mild laxative and a perfect table water. Visit the Spring, try the water and be convinced.”

The ad pledges that the spring water is sold “in any quantity” through a business on East Bay Street. Sufferers are instructed to telephone “and orders will be filled direct from the Spring.”

Exaggerated claims aside, the century-old mineral spring was real. Chris Garvin, Realtor with Elaine Brabham and Associates, has seen what’s left of the now-dormant underground water source. The spring site is located on a semi-wooded parcel of land with ranch-style home at 4818 S.C. Highway 162 in Hollywood. Garvin is listing the 23-acre site and home, accessed by way of a dirt road, for $698,000.

“The property is really beautiful,” she says. A pond is fairly close to the 1,574-square-foot house built in 1966. “There’s palmettos, magnolias, azaleas: anything you can think of.” Wildlife consists of “deer, ’possum, raccoons.” Domesticated animals are permitted. “Here you can have horses and cows,” she says.

For many years, the property was zoned agricultural, and the owners farmed some of the land.

The acreage backs up to Dungannon Plantation, a wildlife refuge protected by the state Department of Natural Resources.

Garvin says the asking price takes into account a three-acre section with 560 feet of frontage on Highway 162 that’s considered commercial property. “You can have a business upfront,” she says.

The entire 23-acre property is subdividable. It is located across the highway from Stono Ferry Golf Course and neighborhood. Next door is Deer Field Hall new-home neighborhood.

In her flier, the Realtor says the Highway 162 parcel offers “so many possibilities — custom built homes, townhomes, patio homes, retirement community, private estate, equestrian estate, outdoor sportsman retreat.

”Somebody could do a lot with this property,” she says.

While the land is the star attraction, the brick residence is in good shape. “The rooms are pretty good size,” Garvin says. Hardwood floors encompass much of the house. The home sports three bedrooms, two full baths, kitchen and living room. A large lawn is adjacent to the house.

The century-old Clementia mineral spring on the property is covered by undergrowth and is more of a curiosity than anything. The area is still referred to as Clementia — named for the Roman goddess of forgiveness and mercy.

Garvin says another perk of the property is its proximate location to West Ashley.

The parcel, a few miles north of Hollywood’s central business district, is no more than 10 miles from stores and shops along Savannah Highway near Main Road such as Publix supermarket.

“It’s country living with the convenience of the city,” Garvin says.

The site is not far from U.S. Highway 17 South (Savannah Highway). Heading south, take Savannah Highway all the way out of town. Continue through Red Top and steer left onto Highway 162. Just before the main entrance to Stono Ferry, there’s a small address marker on the right. Turn down the dirt road and proceed about a mile. On the right is the pond and to the left is the house at 4818 Highway 162.

Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or jparker@postandcourier.com.

AGENT SPOTLIGHT

Agent: Chris Garvin

Office: Elaine Brabham and Associates Real Estate

Phone: 843-270-7667

Philosophy: “I believe in being a lifetime agent. To gain loyalty you have to earn it. I want my clients to have faith in me to be there for them, from buying their starter home all the way through to finding their home to retire.”

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