Resting peacefully on the banks of Battery Creek, where it has been for more
than 250 years, Pinckney Retreat boasts a past as rich and enchanting as the
land it rests on.
nearly mile-long entrance is covered by a canopy of giant 400 year-old live
oaks, draped in Spanish moss and gives a picturesque "Welcome Home" to
visitors and homeowners alike. The canopy opens onto breath taking views of
the great salt marsh where Blue Herons, Snowy Egrits and Ospreys patrol the
waters looking for their next meal.
meets present at Pinckney Retreat, a peaceful new waterfront community
evolving at the site of an historic Lowcountry plantation. Nestled on the
banks of Battery Creek, this lush acreage - once known as Retreat Plantation
- has a story that's centuries old, a past as rich and fertile as the
landscape itself. .. as enduring as the majestic, moss-heavy oaks that flank
its mile-long entrance.
You don't have to leave modern civilization behind to retreat
into nature and history.
Pinckney Retreat is truly the best of both worlds.
the bank sits the old Retreat Plantation Home, a living monument to that
story - one of love, war, survival and perseverance. Intended to "last
forever," the tabby home was built in 1736 by dashing young French Huguenot,
Jean de la Gaye, for his young bride Catherine Gautier. For the next 20
years the happy couple enjoyed their home, entertaining each other nightly -
she with her harp and he with tales of his homeland.
that, Retreat Plantation was owned by a series of legendary Lowcountry
figures, with names like Bull, Barnwell, and the Reverend Edward Tabb
Walker, who built the famed Chapel of Ease, on St. Helena Island. When the
Civil War broke out, Reverend Walker fled with his wife and nine children to
an area near Walterboro. One of Sherman's soldiers discovered the Walker
family bible hidden beneath the floorboards of the Retreat. Because it was
the property of a minister, the hardened general decided not to burn the
house, and it remained unharmed.
the conclusion of the Civil War, the property was returned to the Walker
family, in whose hands it remained until 1938, when Mr. and Mrs. James
Sturdevant purchased it and restored the house and grounds. From 1949 to
1965, the home was owned and loved by Bronson Lamb and then by Antonio
Ponvert, who designed the formal gardens on the east side of the house. From
1965 until recently, the plantation was the home of B.G. Pinckney and his
Pinckney Retreat has a story that's centuries old, a past as rich
and fertile as the landscape itself...
as enduring as the majestic, moss-heavy oaks that flank its mile-long
the house remains in splendid condition, with its 22-inch thick tabby walls,
original fireplaces, and rich hardwood planked floors. Built out of love by
Jean de la Gaye to "last forever," it's hard to imagine the Lowcountry
without this wonderful old house, a living testament to strength, endurance
and southern tradition.
now this extraordinary home is the heart of a new community that promises to
flourish for years to come. Located just minutes from historic downtown
Beaufort, Pinckney Retreat (named for its most recent owners) is a refuge
from the bustle of modern life, a haven of tranquility and beauty on a
remarkable stretch of waterfront property. Homesites are currently
available, starting in the upper $90s and ranging through the mid-$500s.
mindful of its unique legacy, the developers of Pinckney Retreat have taken
great care to save its trees, doing much of the painstaking work by hand to
preserve the root system of live oaks that have stood, in some cases, for
400 years. This very special place is a timeless treasure indeed.
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