1858 Greek Revival – Moncks Corner, SC (National Register) – $695,000

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Added to OHD on 8/10/17 - Last OHD Update: 10/20/17 - 16 Comments
366 Avenue Of Oaks, Moncks Corner, SC 29461
  • $695,000
  • Beds: 7
  • Baths: 4.5
  • Sqft: 6528
  • Acres: 4.81
  • Map: Street View
Gippy Plantation, originally part of Fairlawn Barony was purchased by John White in 1821 and was named for the nearby swamp Gippy. The original home that was built burned and it is believed that the current structure was completed in 1858. This 3 story Greek Revival frame structure that boasts 6,528 square feet, sits on nearly five acres of land and comes equipped with seven bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms 11 fireplaces, 2 large parlors, a huge formal dining room, a cozy den/library, a spacious side porch, a double garage with a workshop, an old smoke house, a wash house and an 850 sq. ft. gues...t cottage. All of the rooms in the main house are magnificent in size and tongue and groove wood flooring as well as 12 ft. ceilings run throughout most of the home. The guest cottage located behind the house features a living room, one bedroom, one bathroom, a cozy kitchen eat-in kitchen and a spot for a stackable washer and dryer. Formal gardens accent the property and one of the gardens dates back to circa 1928 and is believed to have been the work of the acclaimed 20th century landscape architect Loutrel Briggs. In 1927 Nicholas G. Roosevelt acquired the property and turned the former rice plantation into a productive agricultural enterprise making it the site of "Gippy Dairy" which supplied milk products to schools and companies throughout the lowcountry. Gippy also earned a spot in recreational history by hosting the Pinopolis Lancing Tournament from 1952-1964. This tournament was important to Berkeley County and attracted spectators from all over the state as well as important political figures such as Governor Ernst F. Hollings. While Gippy has been enjoyed and loved throughout the years by the current owners it is time for a new family...a family that can restore and renovate this magnificent plantation home while preserving the history and nostalgia that Gippy has been so well known for throughout history. In 1982 Gippy was selected for the filming of several scenes for the movie Lords of Discipline and in 2016 the plantation house was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The guest cottage sq footage is not part of the 6825 sq. ft.
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16 Comments on 1858 Greek Revival – Moncks Corner, SC (National Register) – $695,000

  1. This is high on my list of Old House Dreams in my local area. Originally a 1800 acre rice and cotton plantation, Gippy (pronounced like Jippy) is now sited on a 5 acre lot about a half hour from the Charleston airport.

    Some more info…

    Undated old photograph from USC’s site (Go Gamecocks)…
    http://digital.tcl.sc.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/bcp/id/7

    The impoundments next to the Cooper River shown in this google maps link are the former plantation rice fields. These likely date back to the early 19th century. If you scroll up and down the river, you’ll notice similar impoundments on both sides of the Cooper. Rice and cotton plantations lined the Cooper River all the way to Charleston to the south and to the north where Lake Moultrie is today. A good number of these were purchased in the early 20th century by wealthy northerners and converted to hunting and winter vacation homes, many of which still exist today.
    https://goo.gl/maps/kRpBVk3XvRN2

    Detailed information, timeline, and a few photographs…
    http://south-carolina-plantations.com/berkeley/gippy.html




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  2. Beautiful old south home. Lovely home, lovely surroundings. Call me crazy, but I’d give my eye teeth for that green sink/tub/toilet set. *sigh*




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  3. Beautiful house that still has a lot of antebellum character, despite Colonial Revival updates in the 1920’s. It doesn’t appear to need much except furniture and art to replace the quality stuff there now. Love the landscape features, not over-formal or manicured.
    The NRHP nomination from just last year is as complete as any:
    https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/16000414.htm




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    • I’ve probably commented before about how Charleston was the first city in the US to pass a historic preservation ordinance in 1930. The firm that did the 1928 work on Gippy was instrumental in the effort to get that done. The Simons and Lapham firm was well known for both new designs and important preservation work ranging for the design of the Ashley River bridge to many of the houses in Yeamans Hall, which is one of the most special places in Charleston that nobody knows about.

      https://valuablebook.wordpress.com/2012/06/01/yeamans-hall-club/




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      • Thanks for this one, C-John! The architects did a good job, considering historic authenticity wasn’t usually a high priority in the 1920’s.
        I smiled when I saw the old photo showing square columns at Gippy, since double-height round or fluted columns were relatively rare before the war. I wondered if the porch might have had a second level originally, to view the river and catch the breeze – I’d want one. Great house!




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  4. I was going to coo over the bathroom with fireplace, then I saw the other bath with the “jadeite” fixtures!




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  5. CharlestonJohn thanks so much for the links. Knowing the history and context of an old house turns a collection of listing photos into a story.




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  6. Thank you for a morning well spent, CharlestonJohn. One link led to another and another, great old photos & hours of nifty info. I fell in love with Gippy at the first picture and by the near-end one of its lovely curved wall with fountain, I wanted to marry the place. The agent’s suggestion of “restore and renovate” gives me the chills a bit — so often leads to tragedy & this beautiful place needs only a very gentle hand.

    Loved the photos of other places too. Merry bunch at Gippy, with their 3 dogs, & the Wappahoola group too. Medway photos were interesting — it obviously suffered during the War, but Granpa Parker hung on with the freedmen who chose to stay. The house has come a long way since then.




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  7. Just a gorgeous home and done in very good taste. Love the colors used in this home. Love the history also.




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