Summerville village garners preservation honor; opens archaeological exhibit

Mike McClendon, vice president with Kolter Homes, and Therese Munroe of The Ponds Conservancy went to Columbia recently to accept a preservation award for The Ponds.

The Ponds neighborhood’s conservation wing has won a top prize for restoring and converting a 19th century residence into a gathering place.

Early last month, The Ponds Conservancy took home a 2015 South Carolina Historic Preservation Award. The conservancy won for its “stewardship of the historic Schultz-Lotz farmhouse,” according to neighborhood developers.

Authorities honored 13 titleholders June 5 in the lower lobby of the South Carolina statehouse. Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster presented the awards, chosen by the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, South Carolina Department of Archives and History and the Office of the Governor. According to the judges, the honors “recognize exceptional accomplishments in the preservation, rehabilitation and interpretation of South Carolina’s architectural and cultural heritage.”

Brockington and Associates nominated The Ponds Conservancy, it says, as a result of the group’s restoration and adaptive reuse of the Schulz-Lotz historic home into a “workable and sustainable centerpiece” for the The Ponds subdivision. It also cited the community’s “superb stewardship in making their property available for cultural events in the greater Summerville area and exemplary work in adapting, protecting and preserving the cultural and environmental resources at The Ponds development connecting the past with the present.”

The night before the awards presentation, The Ponds Conservancy showed off an exhibit of artifacts that Brockington and Associates’ found on archaeological digs. The display sums up 800 years of the property’s history and pre-history.

Visitors can view the exhibit 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Schultz-Lotz Farmhouse address is 324 Hundred Oaks Parkway in Summerville.

The nonprofit Ponds Conservancy, an offshoot of The Ponds community, “manages and guards the historic home, important archaeological sites and more than 1,000 acres of open space.” There’s also a wildlife refuge, National Register of Historic Places-eligible archaeological sites, walking and running trails and parks, according to Kolter Homes.

The Florida-based developer at The Ponds and its primary builder, Kolter Homes is the home building affiliate of The Kolter Group LLC. The company brings more than a decade of experience in home building to its neighborhoods throughout the Southeastern U.S.