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Living in shadows of history: County namesake Gen. Thomas Sumter owned the Stateburg property where home is for sale

BY SHELBIE GOULDING
shelbie@theitem.com
Posted 11/20/19

Hidden in the High Hills of the Santee rests a Stateburg gem, a two-story, 226-year-old plantation home on property that was once owned by Gen. Thomas Sumter.

The brick home on 6.5 acres at 6060 Brookland Drive was first owned by the Dinkins …

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Living in shadows of history: County namesake Gen. Thomas Sumter owned the Stateburg property where home is for sale

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Hidden in the High Hills of the Santee rests a Stateburg gem, a two-story, 226-year-old plantation home on property that was once owned by Gen. Thomas Sumter.

The brick home on 6.5 acres at 6060 Brookland Drive was first owned by the Dinkins family after being built by Sumter in 1793, according to the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Its most recent owners, AJ and Susan Heath, are selling the home after living there since the mid-2000s.

Sumter, an American Revolutionary War hero, founded the town of Stateburg in 1783 in the hopes it would be chosen as the state capital. It missed that distinction by only a few votes, but it did become a prominent residential area with several plantations until the Civil War.

An asking price of $699,000, listed through Bowen & Associates Realty, gets a buyer the home's nine bedrooms, six baths and one half bath. It also has a sunroom, two cottages and a pool, all fenced in on the property. The acreage also accounts for the pond across Brookland Drive, which the property owns a piece of, as well.

"It's a great, livable house," AJ Heath said.

From its exterior to interior, it's hard to believe the house is 226 years old. The hints that give away its age are the brick chimneys and rugged brick pathway to the front door.

Entering the home, the foyer is massive, stretching to a living room and dining room wing on both sides. AJ Heath said the foyer, the living room and the dining room were added in the 1830s. The foyer has a relaxing aesthetic look while the dining room is covered in a bold green with a marble fireplace.

The oldest part of the home is in the back of the house, which first started off as a single household, according to AJ Heath. In the back, a long hallway stretches from the kitchen to the extended living room and guest room.

The spacious kitchen is covered with dark green tile countertops, and the stove was built over what was once a fireplace; almost every room on the first and second floor has or had a fireplace.

Authentic hardwood floors stretch throughout each room of the home except for the marble and tiles in the bathrooms. Though the foundation dips every few steps or so, it's well-treated and durable for its age.

Moving up to the second floor, a stained-glass window is embedded on the staircase wall, giving it a vibrant color and design.

"You see it in Charleston houses that are in early 1900s," Susan Heath said.

Even an upstairs bath has a stained-glass window that gives the light-colored bathroom an abundance of color and playful design.

The second floor is filled with multiple bedrooms and study rooms, including the master bedroom that rests above the foyer. Connected to the master bedroom is a large balcony with greenery and a view of the brick entranceway to the home.

Walking back into the bedroom, it's hard to miss the old, authentic moldings throughout the house. These give the home the perfect feel to remind guests and occupants alike of its historical qualities.

Moving up to the attic, the space is used as a third story where there's a full bath and enough space for two bedrooms.

With a total of 6,711 square feet, there is plenty of room for everyone.

"It's a great house to have people in," AJ Heath said.

"The rooms just flow," Susan Heath said.

Both AJ and Susan said the neighborhood is quiet and relaxing except for the daily air show from Shaw Air Force Base.

"We didn't mind it," AJ Heath said, "because people said it was the sound of freedom."