Location: Circular Church and Historic Rice Mill
Photos by: Carmen Ash
This week we had the pleasure of visiting The Mansion at the Woodlands. The Woodlands is on its way to becoming Charleston’s only exclusive, luxury special event venue. The Mansion at the Woodlands is an eighteen bedroom, 1906 Greek revival which sits on eleven acres of parkland grounds beneath towering pines, magnolias and moss draped oaks in historic Summerville.
The concept of the Woodlands as a luxury special event venue is unique to any other venue in the Charleston area. Imagine having your own private estate for your wedding weekend, pretty fabulous right?! With guest rooms uniquely decorated, a pool, spa and a restaurant kitchen who needs to leave!
Now we just need to find a bride to host a wedding weekend at The Woodlands and give her guests an experience they will never forget!
“Love affiar with Charleston…”
This fall we stumbled upon a gem!
Wilkinson’s Landing is in a secluded location just outside of Edisto Beach. Wilkinson’s Landing is the perfect location for an intimate wedding or a lowcountry rehearsal dinner!
To find Wilkinson’s Landing you drive in down a dirt road surrounded by oak trees and then you are greeted with unobstructed views of the ocean for miles.
Wilkinson’s Landing has two “areas” to host events.
”Red’s Shed” overlooks Frampton Creek and Inlet while offering the perfect location for an oyster roast, lowcountry boil, or pig pickin!
Wilksinson’s Landing comes with a great history.
In 1916 the house was purchased from Salt Landing Plantation, dismantled, placed on a barge, and then floated down the South Edisto, up St. Pierre Creek, and then up to Store Creek before being reassembled to where it sits today!
The house is currently a work in progress, the finished house will act as a bridal suite with a wrap around porch.
The highlight of this venue is the ability to have a private beach wedding.
The property has a private dock, boat, and captiain which can bring you and your guests to a private beach for a very private beach ceremony!
We were lucky enough to get a boat ride out to the small private island where ceremonies are held and it took out breath away.
Another great piece of history at Wilkinson’s Landing is the Tabby Oven. In the early 1800s, Hephzibah Jenkins Townsend, mistress of Townsend Plantation, now known as Botany Bay Plantation, wanted to raise funds to build Edisto’s first Baptist church. When her husband refused to help, she had a huge tabby oven built where slaves could bake bread to be sold in Charleston to raise money to build the church. Mr. Townsend refused to allow the slaves to help with the baking of the bread and she told him she would do it herself. Apparently not wanting his wife to be selling bread on the streets of Charleston, Mr. Townsend relented and the money was raised to build the first Baptist church on Edisto Island. The first Baptist church on Edisto was dedicated in 1818 and stands just off SC Hwy 174 and is also the burial site of Hephzibah Townsend.
For more information and history about Wilkinson’s Landing : http://www.wilkinsonslanding.com/default.htm