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6646 Plantersville Rd, Georgetown, SC
For sale: $15 million

After her husband’s death in the 1870s, 31-year-old Elizabeth Allston Pringle moved back to her late father’s plantation and managed it in what was at the time a man’s world. When the bills piled up, she sold her story in a New York Sun weekly column, later published into a book, “A Woman Rice Planter,” in 1914.

The Chicora Wood Plantation in a historic, scenic byway in Georgetown County, SC is now for sale for $15 million. This 1,000-acre plantation was one of seven held by Pringle’s father, South Carolina Gov. Robert F. Allston, when his holdings produced 1.5 million pounds of rice a year before the Civil War.

The current owners have restored the home to its pre-Civil War glory. The oldest parts of the home were built in 1784, and it still sits like a trip back in time under the moss-covered oak trees.

The antebellum manor house and accompanying guesthouses and workhouses sit on a mile of Pee Dee River front, once used to transport the rice to market.

The 10,000-square-foot mansion features a formal drawing room with windows overlooking the formal garden, a grand staircase, a library with a double-sided fireplace and an elegant formal dining room.

Upstairs, the home has a staircase with “nanny windows” to peek into the former nursery.

The farm is still a working agricultural property, now producing sod. Many of the former rice fields are now used for hunting.

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Emily Heffter, a reporter and writer for Zillow Blog, covers celebrity real estate, unusual properties, and other real estate topics. Read more of her work here.

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