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.

 

 

THE DETAILS

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.

 

The very first Boykin spaniels were bred at Pine Grove Plantation, back when Lemuel “Whit” Boykin’s family farmed this land. Standing on the dock is Winnie, a prime example of the progeny of Whit’s dogs. Winnie is a classic-shaped Boykin and belongs to dog handler Todd Culclasure of Manning, South Carolina.

Pine Grove Plantation has been meticulously remodeled and features four bedrooms, 3½ modern baths, expansive porches, and modern conveniences.

 

 

Enter the back door and a comfortable den with fireplace lies just to your left. Note the gun cabinet to the left of the mantle. This is sure to be one of your favorite rooms, whether reading a book or enjoying an after-hunt drink with good friends.

 

Even the guest bedrooms at Pine Grove are large and comfortable. While baths are modern, every room retains classic Southern elegance in millwork and architectural style.

 

In the South, the front porch is a place where friends gather on Sundays after dinner to discuss the fine points of shotguns and bird dogs—or the less-fine points of politics. Pine Grove’s porches span three sides of the home, always ensuring a comfortable spot to collect ones thoughts or just have a glass of sweet iced tea.

 

The master bedroom is bright and airy and features its own modern, private bath. Surrounded by almost 200 acres of pecan orchard, forests, and fields, this is a peaceful place where rest comes easy.

 

Canada geese land on the nine-acre pond in front of the home. Bass and bream lurk below. Excitement, or just viewing pleasure, is never far away.

 

Pine Grove is an ideal setting for horseback riding, fishing, or hunting deer, turkey, duck, and quail.

 

Pine Grove has a modern kitchen with granite counter tops, stainless appliances, and plenty of cabinet space. It also has a fireplace to warm those sometimes-cool South Carolina winter mornings.

 

 

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