Sponsored by: THE PONDS
By: H. A. Fisher
Few neighborhoods come with a vast expanse of green space, natural settings and a keen sense of historic preservation. Residents at The Ponds have the benefit of all these thanks to The Ponds Conservancy, which has spent the last decade managing a historic property and grounds within The Ponds development.
For its efforts, The Ponds Conservancy received the 2015 South Carolina Historic Preservation Stewardship Award. The awards recognize exceptional accomplishments in the preservation, rehabilitation and interpretation of South Carolina’s architectural and cultural heritage.
The Ponds Conservancy manages the historic Schulz-Lotz Farmhouse that was restored to its original appearance with period chimneys, refinished interior woodwork, flooring and windows. The farmhouse, a National Register of Historic Places eligible property, was built in the mid- to late 1800s.
The farmhouse not only serves as the base of operation for The Ponds Conservancy, but it’s also a valuable community asset. The farmhouse is the main amenity center for the community and five other buildings were built around the farmhouse mirroring its design: the picnic pavilion, two pool buildings, a storage shed and a sales resource center cottage.
With these amenities, residents have convenient access to a number of educational opportunities, social events and cultural programs, including Piccolo Spoleto, Summerville’s Flowertown Festival, music festivals, Scout meetings, carnivals, private and public parties, Dorchester County Museum and the Summerville Preservation Society fundraisers, historic lectures and walking tours.
Taking the storied past of The Ponds one step further, in June 2015, The Ponds Conservancy opened an exhibition of artifacts in the Schultz-Lotz Farmhouse. The archaeological artifacts were found on the property during Brockington and Associates archaeological digs. The exhibition summarizes 800 years of human history centered on the property, which operated as a rice plantations for more than a century.
Brockington and Associates, which provides cultural resources consulting services, nominated The Ponds Conservancy for the stewardship award, noting, “Their exemplary efforts in taking an iconic home and grounds and managing them to provide a direct link with the historic owners and current residents not only fulfills the letter of the Historic Preservation Act but embraces the very spirit of the preservation movement.”
So many people are drawn to the greater Charleston area for its robust history. Specifically, the Town of Summerville retains a must-see historic downtown and cultural flavor reminiscent of years past. The Ponds Conservancy works to maintain that history and culture within its neighborhood, giving residents just one more reason to discover everything they need is at The Ponds.
To learn more, visit ThePondsLiving.com or call 877-818-5955.