On a Sunday morning in the early 1900s, banker, businessman, and dog lover Alexander Lawrence White walked from his home along Main Street to the First Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Curiously, a smallish, brown, curly-haired dog began following him. Alec petted the dog, then entered the church to attend services with his family. When he returned the dog was still there, waiting.
White befriended the dog, took him home, and named him “Dumpy.” Dumpy joined the well-cared-for Chesapeake Bay retrievers and pointing dogs that called White’s kennel home. Alexander thought Dumpy was a quick study and that he had much promise as a retriever, but with no time to devote, White shipped the dog off to his friend and hunting partner for master training.
A hundred and thirty miles southeast of Spartanburg, just south of Camden, lies a small community that shares its name with Alexander White’s friend: Lemuel “Whit” Boykin. Here, at Pine Grove Plantation, on the edge of the fertile hunting grounds formed by the winding Wateree River, Dumpy found a home—and the Boykin spaniel breed was born.
Like the Boykin, Pine Grove Plantation has improved with age. Completely remodeled and updated with modern baths and kitchen, Pine Grove is the epitome of a charming Southern plantation home—with just enough old and just enough new. Sweeping, open porches provide cool shade or warm sun, or, depending on your needs, something in between. Ever-changing views of the nine-acre pond on one side and a pecan orchard on the other rotate with the mild Southern seasons. And with 197.47 acres, Pine Grove Plantation offers all the peace and privacy one could seek.
Pine Grove Plantation is the birthplace of the South Carolina state dog, the Boykin Spaniel, and is located near Camden. The property has been meticulously maintained and features a fully restored historic four-bedroom, 3½-bath home. Inside you will find 14-foot ceilings, eight working fireplaces, and heart pine flooring. The kitchen is updated with granite countertops and a large island with a sitting area around a fireplace.
Outside the home you will find a nine-acre stocked pond, guest house, two barns, a horse pasture, dove field, quail woods, managed loblolly pine woods, hardwood bottomland, and a pecan orchard. Pine Grove is an ideal setting for horseback riding, fishing, or hunting deer, turkey, duck, and quail. Peaceful, spacious, private, and historic.
If you are interested, call 1-800-849-1004 to see this historic Southern plantation.