Nestled along the Stono River and Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Dixie Plantation consists of 862 pristine acres ranging from salt marshes to hardwood forests. The plantation was bequeathed to the College of Charleston Foundation by the late naturalist John Henry Dick.
Dixie Plantation is currently being used for water research, specimen collection, and environmental studies. Despite the lack of facilities on site, the plantation has been utilized by the School of Sciences and Mathematics for many academic pursuits.
The College plans to build environmentally sustainable teaching and research facilities for the sciences and liberal arts. Facilities will include two separate labs, a water system, a building for meeting space, and construction of a studio/museum. Current renovation projects are underway. They are expected to finish in early 2013.
The former barn on site was demolished and a new, modern building will take its place. The exterior of the building will mimic the former barn and the interior will feature an open floor plan. Students will use the barn for meeting space until the labs are available. A parking lot will also be added.
A studio will be constructed soon after construction on the barn finishes. The studio will house a museum for John Henry Dick, featuring historical items and other artifacts from his personal collection. At this time, there are no plans for public access.
The water system will include domestic water supply, ensuring drinkable water is available for the community. Other work will include maintenance/preservation on the two tenant houses and cemeteries.
In addition to facilities, the College has completed a 4.3-mile interpretive nature trail.
During renovation, Roland Craft will serve as the Dixie Plantation caretaker. For more information about the history of Dixie Plantation, please visit dixieplantation.cofc.edu.