Martins Point Plantation is a 900 acre waterfront community on Wadmalaw Island along the Wadmalaw River and the Intracoastal Waterway, 22 miles from Charleston, S.C. A gateway to the 350,000 acre ACE Basin, a pristine estuarine sanctuary, Martins Point is protected by a conservation easement with the Lowcountry Open Land Trust to preserve the rural character of the historic plantation, its scenic vistas, water quality, wildlife habitat and open space.

Martins Point Plantation greenspace includes:

  • A private boat ramp for canoe, kayak and boat access to the Wadmalaw River and The Atlantic Ocean, nine miles downstream.
  • Three private islands on the Wadmalaw River set aside as a preserve
  • Several miles of trails and sand shell roads through woods and fields and along the marsh
  • A 20 acre Pond Preserve managed for waterfowl, wading birds, redfish, crabs and shrimp
  • An historic cemetery

Sensible covenants and architectural guidelines preserve long-term property values. There are 42 private homesites of three acres or more, as well as large acreage tracts. Eighteen homes have been built.

Wadmalaw Island: Charleston’s Green Community

Wadmalaw Island is located 12 miles from historic Charleston just west of the barrier islands of Kiawah and Seabrook on the edge of the renowned ACE Basin, a 350,000 acre estuarine sanctuary. The island is bound by Bohicket Creek on the east and the Wadmalaw River, the Intracoastal Waterway and the North Edisto River on the west. Its population is less than 3,000 with a land area of 42 square miles-twice the size of Manhattan.

Wadmalaw is known for its distinctive Lowcountry lifestyle, a long agricultural history, rich alluvial soils and a rural character. The oak canopied island roads are designated as scenic byways. There are no stoplights and no commercial operations other than farms and the shrimp boats in the 19th century village of Rockville. Conservation easements and restrictive zoning protect the island’s water quality, open space and wildlife habitat.

In the last decade, Wadmalaw has become a locavore’s dream. Small scale farms produce the fruit, vegetables, herbs and specialty foods featured on the menus in Charleston restaurants. The only tea grown in America is a product of the Charleston Tea Farm on Wadmalaw.