11,452 ACRE TIMBER AND HUNTING PLANTATION
HAMPTON AND JASPER COUNTIES, SOUTH CAROLINA
One contiguous tract, totally private, and self-maintained
located between Charleston and Savannah
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 of Kress Five and Dime Stores purchased Buckfield and bought more land later. By 1912 he had over 11,000 acres. Although Kress purchased Buckfield for its excellent hunting, he demonstrated that rice fields could be reclaimed to produce narcissus bulbs, formerly imported from France. Clemson Agricultural College presented him with a testimonial in 1926 for his services to the agricultural development of the state of South Carolina.
Kress was a brilliant businessman and sportsman. He invented a shooting technique which he explains in his book The Point System of Wingshooting published in 1936. Arriving by train each fall, the Kress family and their friends enjoyed the winter seasons at Buckfield for over half a century.
Buckfield Narcissus Fields in1926
Courtesy of Daniel and Katherine Huger
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 Pocotaligo 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.
There are no conservation easements on the property. Substantial tax benefits may be available for a purchaser willing to protect the plantation from future development.
Uptairs Balcony Kress House
Living Room Kress House
Mural Kress House
Upstairs Kress House
The Guest Book
Equipment Shed and Workshop
Duck blind in the corn
Oak road through markers
Young Longleaf Next to Wagon Shed
Sage Under Pines
Early Spring Shower
Sister's Guest House
Huger Guest House
Cistern Under Old Oak
The Field House
Wildflowers in the Dove Field
Wood Duck Flats
Old Laundry House Buckfield Shooting Towers 1937
Courtesy of Daniel and Katherine Huger
Mr. Kress constructed a skeet range consisting of four 60 foot towers.
It took twelve farm workers to handle the traps since each tower had three levels. The shooter sat in the middle of the towers on a swivel stool. Upon command the trappers would release each clay target in random fashion one after the other. The shooter would not know when the targets were coming nor from which tower or from which level. Legend has it that on one moonlit night Mr. Kress shot at 75 targets and missed only one.
The Duck Fields
Houses and Headquarters Area
Buckfield Plantation near Yemassee, South Carolina
11,452.3 acres used for timber production and hunting
75% upland and 25% lowland
Substantial timber value (Information available)
The Kress House
Two guest houses
The Field House for guns and hunting supplies
Equipment sheds and workshop
Two hundred acre duck impoundment
Fifty five acre high fenced dove field
Deer and Turkeys
BUCKFIELD PLANTATION 11,452 acres between Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina $51,175,000 or $4468/acre
There are no conservation easements on the property. Substantial tax benefits may be available to a purchaser desiring to protect the plantation from future development.
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Oak Avenue at Buckfield