The property is eligible for listing as a US National Historic Landmark due to its connection to historical fiction write, William Gilmore Simms. Simms is said to be a central storyteller to the antebellum south and his historical fiction and romance stories include Woodcraft (1854) and Eutaw (1856). He resided on the property beginning in 1836 until his death in 1870 and is said to have completed most of his writing here, as well as enjoying visits from Edgar Allen Poe and literary contemporaries. His home, dairy, and writing room still exist on site.
The easements represent conservation gifts from five different grantors – families and
neighbors. Often, the conservation of a landscape can come together when many willing
neighbors embark upon the opportunity together or in short succession. Today, OLT holds an easement downstream from Woodlands and our land trust partners help protect several other properties between Bamberg and Branchville, creating a conservation neighborhood and meaningful protection for the upper reaches of the Edisto River.