110.68± acres with 3,798± feet paved frontage on Norway Road.
The 6800± SF two-story main house, 3,400± SF on each floor, was built in the 20’s and could possibly be restored. There are a few accessory buildings such as a barn, 2 older houses, and a pump house. There are 2 artisan wells, one that runs continuously and a spring in the 10± acre pond.
HISTORY OF LEE SETTLEMENT
The place was advertised as Pine Forest Lake. There was a white covered sand beach all around the pond. Pine Forest Lake, also known affectionately as Lee’s Pond was the place to go to for social
events on the weekends. The mayor, sheriff, and judges attended and participated in these
events. The scuppernong winery was active, even though it was during prohibition time. There was a large outside Pavilion which provided shelter and picnic tables and benches for the potluck meals held after church. The original home, once the site of the largest ballroom in the state, 3400± SF on the second floor, hosted all of the well-known dance bands of the era including Arkansas-born trombonist Blue Steele, the band leader billed as the “King of Rhythm” and his Victor Recording Orchestra. This band played a bouncy combination of hot jazz and western swing from 1927 to 1930. Family reunions, church socials, barbecues, and a scuppernong winery made this a very popular place. There were boat races, fishing, and swimming in the lake. There were 2 parlors set aside in the main house for playing card games. After sun down the attendees would go up
on the second floor for refreshments, dancing, and music. Cotton, corn, sugarcane, grapes and pecans, and livestock were the mainstay in the old days and thrived due to the high-quality two artesian wells on the plantation. Family history has it that Sherman camped here on his march to the sea, from Atlanta to Charleston.
This estate grew its scuppernong grapes for making a delicious dinner wine, a 19th century tradition in the South. In a natural setting, scuppernongs or muscadines are important plants for improving the environment by providing cover, browse, and fruit for a wide variety of animals, in addition to producing a great natural wine. Muscadine grapes are an incredibly powerful fruit, jam-packed with rich antioxidants that are good for the body. The possibilities for this estate property are unlimited: specialty farming; equestrian sports; bed and breakfast; retreat; winery; water sports recreation; and fishing and hunting or when restored, for fish farming, or a fishing and water sports recreation retreat (with county zoning approval). Fishing on the property for bass, bream or catfish.
Just minutes from the following locations, making it a central hub for other events.
• 11 minutes / 7 miles from Orangeburg Municipal Airport
• 55 minutes / 48.8 miles from Columbia Municipal Airport
• 80 minutes/ 75 miles from Charleston International Airport; close to Atlantic Ocean,
• 70 minutes / 55 miles from Aiken Municipal Airport
• 90 minutes / 70 miles from the Masters Tournament in Augusta.
The owners are the last of the descendants of the Benjamin Lee heritage; Benjamin was the brother of Light Horse Harry Lee and the uncle of General Robert Edward Lee, of Virginia.
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