Nestled along the border of Wadmalaw, Seabrook, and Kiawah islands you'll find Johns Island, the breathtaking backdrop that defines Charleston's sporting lifestyle. Johns Island, named after Saint John Parish in Barbados by the first English settlers, was first inhabited by nomadic tribes of Native Americans such as the Kiawah tribe, and they survived off of the island's plentiful wildlife and collection of shellfish such as oysters. By the time Europeans arrived onto Johns Island, these tribes were already settled and farming off of the land. Today Johns Island is still home to miles and miles of unspoiled forest, ancient oaks draped in Spanish moss, wild growing jasmine, and wildlife that includes osprey, hawks, deer, wild turkey and boars.
By the 1670s, colonists had developed several scattered settlements along the banks of the Stono River on Johns Island and began constructing plantations from 1695 to 1711. During this colonial period, the main crop grown was indigo and rice, which is still prized and honored in Charleston's culture. Today, the Johns Island tomato is a local favorite, mostly home-grown now on small, family farms, and neighboring Wadmalaw Island is still home to a thriving vineyard and a tea plantation.
Johns Island has born witness to various events throughout American history including the Stono Rebellion of 1739, a notable time in southern history when a band of twenty slaves organized a rebellion on the banks of the Stono River. During both the American Revolution and the Civil War, Johns Island served as a battleground for major sieges including the march to Charleston by Sir Henry Clinton during the American Revolution and The Battle of the Bloody Bridge, also known as Burden's Causeway, during the Civil War.
Although ravaged by both wars, Johns Island has always exuded an atmosphere of tranquility and laid-back lifestyle at its finest. Home to the famed "Angel Oak" tree, a southern live oak thought to be in excess of 500 years old, Johns Island is considered some of the most pristine and untouched landscape remaining in the Charleston lowcountry and is home to many of Charleston's top equestrian farms. Bordered by the Stono River to the north and Bohicket Creek to the south and as the gateway to Kiawah and Seabrook Islands, this island is a favorite place for boating enthusiasts to call home.
"Ghost Tree," named for a magnificent oak that shelters a single, ancient grave stone, is a fairytale sort of place that perfectly exemplifies just what it's like living on this barrier island. Hidden by a long drive among mature oak trees and lush landscaping, as soon as you enter the gates of 3408 Bohicket Road you begin to understand what makes this Johns Island estate undeniably special. Secluded and private, situated along the banks of Bohicket Creek with incredible water views designed by Mother Nature to deliver a nightly show of jaw-dropping sunsets.
From the main house, charming and elegant with its distinctive exterior that reflects its classic, lowcountry style, follow a scenic path across a small footbridge to the guest house, and along the way discover gardens teeming with fruit trees, hydrangea, camellias and tea olives including a shade garden enclosure, and greenhouse.
Surrounded by 14+ acres of serene privacy, with expansive outdoor living spaces, saltwater pool, and room to entertain, enjoy each morning from this private dock overlooking the deepwater Bohicket Creek, designed with the boat lover in mind. Under moss covered tress, manicured lawns lead to marsh grasses, rich with an array of colors that change with the seasons. As you take in the gardens that spill over the grounds of "Ghost Tree" you'll hardly believe that any wars were fought upon this island's gorgeous landscape.
NOTE: This stately 3 BR/4 BA home, with separate 2 BR/3 BA guest house captures all that comes with living in the Charleston lowcountry - to be close to the water, nature, and to enjoy relaxing with family & friends all just 25 minutes from the heart of historic downtown Charleston, SC. Discover 3408 Bohicket Road for yourself. Browse the online e-book and see all that this home has to offer.
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