Patriots Farm Plantation American flags mark McClellanville spread of houses, barn, former berry fields

The 273-acre Pariots Farm Plantation off U.S. Highway 17 North went on the market a few months ago.

As Independence Day approaches, the Stars and Stripes stand out as identifying markers for a 273-acre rural parcel on U.S. Highway 17 North in upper Charleston County.

A large banner hovers over the entrance and smaller flags wave from fence posts in front of Patriots Farm Plantation, a former commercial farm that grew strawberries as recently as 2007 and today boasts a main house, guest home, sprawling red barn with stables, three ponds, small canals, trails and hunting grounds.

“We feel pretty special to have the opportunity to list this property,” says George Arlet, agent with Carolina One Real Estate. He and brother Joe Arlet, a fellow Carolina One associate, are marketing the well-maintained spread. Patriots Farm Plantation went up for sale about two months ago. Located two miles north of the flashing light at McClellanville, the property lists for $2.5 million. That “comes out to $9,200 an acre; not too bad,” Joe Arlet says.

“Wooded areas back up to the (Francis Marion) National Forest,” George Arlet says. The forested acreage includes trails and deer stands; wild turkey, bear and wild boar also frequent the property, Joe Arlet notes.

The site’s history as a consolidated farm dates to the early 1990s, when local businessman George Hays and his wife Faye moved from Sullivan’s Island to the McClellanville-area property after he retired. Hays, who enlisted in the Army in World War II and saw fighting in North Africa and Europe, named the plantation Patriots Farm.

The Hays’ extended family operated the site as an agricultural endeavor harvesting corn, tomatoes and beans and also raising livestock including chickens, pigs and geese from the early 1990s. The land once included a peach orchard. Commercial aspects of the farm ceased less than a decade ago. “Right now, it’s just a family farm,” Arlet says.

The Arlet brothers are listing the property with Steve Wray, commercial broker with Carolina One Real Estate.

They all see a slew of potential uses for Patriots Farm Plantation, cobbled together from seven smaller lots 25 years ago and marketed as one property.

The farm incudes 110 acres of cleared land including cultivated areas, ponds, two houses, barn, lawn well and two dirt roadways. At 4,300 square feet, the barn encompasses four stables and an adjacent fenced-in corral. Horses are permitted. Woods cover the other 160-plus acres on the west, north and south sides.

The 3,665-square-foot main house, built in 1995, is “really set up well for families,” George Arlet says. The three-bedroom, three-bath home consists of a “huge guest room” and a master suite downstairs.

Recent improvements include a new central air and heat pump system installed in the past two years. There’s a living room fireplace, an office, island-centered kitchen, eat-in nook, laundry room, wall-to-wall carpeting in the main living quarters and bedrooms, screened-in porch and two car garage.

Raised in 1992, what’s now a 2,700-square-foot, three-bedroom lodge less than 100 yards away offers a place for guests or a second house. A stone wall and fireplace on one end of living room is a standout architectural feature.

The property “is a grand hunting retreat,” Joe Arlet says, adding that the farm could accommodate anything from weddings to visitors on tours. “You can have groups stay right here,” he says.

According to George Arlet, ”We’ve had three or four showings. It’s coming from out of the buying area,” as close as Georgetown and as far as North Carolina. A Georgia woman who raises show dogs looked into converting the barn into “a kennel-type space,” he says.

According to the Arlets’ listing, the land “can be whatever your vision allows. Consider this retreat for corporate outings, event venue, equestrian boarding and riding, organic farm, family gathering, hunting lodge or just a peaceful get away from the city,” the Realtors point out.

Patriots Farm Plantation allows plenty of privacy backing up to the national forest, and the multiple ponds “provide a great space to sit back with a beverage to enjoy the wildlife.” A few minutes away sits “charming” McCellanville. The town boasts fishing, shrimping and boating in a Southern setting of “Charleston-style homes and live oak trees creating a canopy drive.”

Similarly, Wray promotes the plantation’s “iconic presence ... known for the American Flag flying boldly at the entrance.”

Perks include the two modern homes; full-size barn with tack room, office with bath and shower, multiple stalls, large refrigeration unit and covered exterior storage; and “multiple ponds with lovely gardens for parties or peaceful moments of solitude.” The Realtor also spotlighted the heavily wooded areas alongside the national forest, and “many acres of fields for crops, riding or events.”

The farm hugs Highway 17. From the Charleston area, take the highway north through Mount Pleasant and drive for about 35 miles. Continue past the light at Pinckney Street heading to McClellanville. Go two more miles and on the left is Patriots Farm Plantation.

Reach Jim Parker at 843-937-5542 or jparker@postandcourier.com.