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DERRY PLANTATION IS A RURAL SPORTING PRESERVE located between Savannah and Charleston. Starting with 1,000 acres of slash pine and just one lone Live Oak, a sense of place was created by borrowing time and re-creating the past. Derry Plantation’s centerpiece is a circa 1914 farmhouse that was relocated to the property, uninhabitable when discovered but possessing an innate history that would add an immediate and authentic patina to the estate. The humble and ordinary structure, now named The Langford House to commemorate the family that originally inhabited it, was transformed into a period Lowcountry plantation home and surrounded by other buildings typical of a nineteenth century South Carolina farmstead. The graciously restored main house, with its new wraparound porch and respectful additions, sits across the lake from a hunting lodge, a cane mill, and two bunkhouses. The agrarian-inspired structures appear to be of the same era as the farmhouse, providing a hint that the property may once have been a working farm converted into a hunting retreat post-Reconstruction. In reality, Derry Plantation is of young age, but is creating its own history by perpetuating the architectural and cultural traditions of the South.
THE RURAL SITE PRESENTED A BLANK CANVAS. A newly created pond became a key element of the site design,
providing subtle separation between the main house and its ancillary buildings, thus creating an appropriate sense of hierarchy.
The Langford House
A 1914 CENTER HALL FARMHOUSE was moved to the site and given new life as a traditional, Lowcountry raised cottage. An addition encircles the home, left open on the front and sides to function as deep, sheltered porches and enclosed in the back to enlarge the living space.
NEWLY ADDED SPACE AT THE REAR OF THE FARMHOUSE is wrapped with windows, suggesting it was once a porch that was later enclosed.
THE CENTER HALL reveals a staircase built to replicate the original. A doorway at the end of the hall leads into the glass-enclosed sunroom.
The interior transoms and side-lights mimic the front door, giving the impression that this was once the back entry of the home.
ON THE UPPER FLOOR, new materials were custom milled to match the profiles of the home’s
early twentieth century woodwork and artfully finished to emulate the patina of their elder cousins.
ACROSS THE POND FROM THE LANGFORD HOUSE sits an enclave of rustic,
tin-roofed structures, utilitarian in form but designed for hospitality and entertaining.
THE CANE MILL
VISITORS OVERNIGHT IN THE BUNKIES, one room cottages made of primitive materials.
CANTILEVERED OVER THE POND, The Hunting Lodge was designed to resemble an old waterside, cotton warehouse.
Unlike the Langford House with its innate sense of history, this new building captures the passage of time through
the use of simple materials, hand-distressed finishes, and the impression that it was re-purposed over the years.