On Sunday, March 18, the public is invited to an Oyster Roast hosted by East Cooper Land Trust on the historic lawn of Oakland Plantation from 1-4 pm. All-inclusive tickets to the event include music by Hans Wenzel and the Eighty Sixers, all-you-can-eat oysters, chili, hot dogs, local beer, hay rides, kid activities and more. Runners can come early for a 5K Trail Run that starts at 12:30 pm. The run will begin and finish under the avenue of oaks that line the main drive to this private plantation and will wind through the forest in the 132-acre easement held by East Cooper Land Trust. New this year is a 12-and-under Fun Run.
Funds raised from this event support the local land conservation efforts of East Cooper Land Trust, a non-profit, non-political organization working to conserve urban, suburban and rural parcels of land and connect people to nature via green spaces and trails.
132 acres of Oakland Plantation was permanently conserved by East Cooper Land Trust in 2009. Located off Porchers Bluff Road between Highway 17N and Rifle Range Road, it has been owned by the Gregorie family for more than a century. The plantation house, which may date to the 1730s, is thought to be the oldest in Mount Pleasant. The conservation easement contains mostly maritime forest and some salt marsh. A 1.5-mile nature trail crosses the property and is an amenity of the KOA campground. It is not open to the public but can be available for local school groups and other organizations.
This fun, family-friendly event is being sponsored by the following: Butler Family Foundation and South State Bank as well as Baldwin & Associates, Buist, Byars & Taylor, Doe Hall Creek Timber Company, KOA Campground, Lucey Mortgage Corporation, Seamon Whiteside + Associates, Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co., MUSC Health, and Whole Foods.
East Cooper Land Trust is a community-supported nonprofit organization devoted to conserving natural spaces, thus the quality of life for current and future generations.