Ashley River Historic District / Middleton Place Woodlands
Back in 2008, the Fund worked with the Duell Family, owners of the Middleton Place Woodlands, to facilitate the placement of a conservation easement on more than 3,700 acres, protecting the historic beauty of Ashley River Road and the surrounding land. The property is part of the Duell family heritage, having been owned by the family since before the Revolutionary War. The easement was an opportunity for the Duells to preserve the property’s natural state while allowing only limited potential for future development.
Ducks Unlimited will monitor and enforce the easement. Three years ago, Ducks Unlimited began its Ashley River Historic District Project, an effort aimed at protecting critical habitat and undeveloped land between Charleston and Summerville. With the Middleton Place Woodlands easement and another easement recently secured by Ducks Unlimited on 2,441 acres of Millbrook Plantation, more than 12,000 acres have been protected within the historic district. The South Carolina Conservation Bank and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Lowcountry Forest Conservation Project each provided partial funding for the easement.