Studies and investigations are ongoing to determine how best to stabilize and preserve the ruin of the manor house at Peach Tree Plantation. Located on a bluff overlooking the South Santee River, it was no doubt one of the most beautiful and unique plantation houses of the period.
I first saw this intriguing ruin as a boy while squirrel hunting in the early 1950s. Although partially obscured by vegetation that had reclaimed the site, the structure retained a haunting beauty that has stayed with me.
High arching window openings pierce massive walls constructed of brick and coated with stucco scored to resemble stone blocks.
I know of no other surviving plantation house of similar construction from the period. A few years ago I revisited this historic site. It had deteriorated somewhat over the intervening years but remained an impressive edifice.
In the book “Plantations of the Low Country,” there is a brief history of the plantation and an intriguing description of the original architecture.
Saving this gem from further deterioration is a laudable enterprise that I eagerly look forward to seeing completed. It will only further enrich one of the most historical parts of the state.
JAMES McCLELLAN III