Buckfield is one of the largest and most well-known plantations in South Carolina. It is in an ideal location between the historic seaports of Charleston and Savannah. Beaufort, Hilton Head and the Atlantic Ocean are easy drives. The neighborhood is dotted with historic plantations along the coast and inland along the Savannah, Combahee, Ashepoo and Edisto River systems.
In 1907 Claude W. Kress purchased Buckfield and bought more land later. By 1912 he had over 11,000 acres. Although Kress purchased Buckfield for its excellent hunting, he grew paper white narcissus bulbs in the rice fields in such vast quantity that they furnished his entire chain of Kress Five and Ten Cent stores. Arriving by train in the fall, the Kress family and their friends enjoyed the winter seasons at Buckfield for over half a century.
The plantation has not changed much since Kress’s time. It continues to be used for timber production and hunting, but the rice fields are planted in crops for migratory waterfowl. No conservation easements have been placed on the property, and no public roads are anywhere within the plantation’s boundaries. It is a private enclave of a size and configuration that would be almost impossible to duplicate today.
Buckfield’s land is spectacular with a mixture of mature hardwood and pine forests, open land, fertile rice fields and game patches. Water for the plantation is important and abundant. The Tulifiny and the Coosawhatchie Rivers run through the plantation. These black water streams provide excellent fishing, kayaking and canoeing opportunities. A canal of considerable length and width was constructed by Mr. Kress and supplies millions of gallons of fresh water for the rice fields. Buckfield is a wonderful place for all types of plants, trees, wildlife, and especially people.
One of the largest hunting plantations in South Carolina, Substantial timber inventory and timber income, Fantastic location at intersection of I-95 and Charleston Savannah Hwy 17, No public roads anywhere within the property, Unencumbered by conservation easements, Substantial tax savings may be available to a buyer willing to restrict subdivision, Duck fields, dove field, quail courses, turkey and deer woods.
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