Something happens to people when they see DeBordieu!

I just read the most interesting article in South Carolina Wildlife Magazine! Written by Dennis Chastain, the piece was about “Georgetown’s Green Wall,” that corridor of beautiful land between the south end of the Pawleys Island mainland and the bridges to Georgetown.

Nestled in the middle of that “green wall” is DeBordieu Colony, one of the most carefully developed communities on the East Coast.DeBordieu Colony Real Estate, North Inlet Aerial

According to the article, “Something happens to people when they develop a lifelong relationship with a piece of land; they eventually start thinking in terms of, “How can I make sure that this place stays the same as it is now after I am gone?” It’s so true! That perfectly describes the development philosophy that has always existed at DeBordieu. It also describes how I feel about this place that has been a part of my life since 1986 when I fell in love with DeBordieu, and started working here. 

The part of the article that talks about DeBordieu’s roots says: “In 1900, Isaac Emerson, a Baltimore chemist born and raised in North Carolina who had become wealthy from his popular peptic remedy, Bromo Seltzer, became a member of the Santee Gun Club south of Georgetown. Like Baruch, “Captain” Emerson desired a place of his own, and soon acquired seven historic former rice plantations near Hobcaw as a hunting preserve and winter retreat and renamed the entire complex “Arcadia Plantation.” For more than a hundred years, Emerson’s descendants have lived on Arcadia behind that green wall on Highway 17. Mrs. Lucille Pate, Emerson’s great-granddaughter, along with her son and daughter – Matt Balding and Dawn Pate and their families – are the current residents. Balding manages the property in the conservation-minded tradition first established by Emerson and his legendary land manager, Neal Cox. In 2007, the family joined with Ducks Unlimited to put 3,612 acres under a conservation easement that will ensure the old rice fields that George Washington once described as “like a fairyland,” along with several thousand acres of longleaf pine, will be managed for wildlife in perpetuity.

To read the entire article, CLICK HERE. 

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