4680 Bears Bluff Rd

Ward Tract
Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487
MLS #19031106

When you drive through the private gate, surrounded by nearly two acres of gorgeous oak trees, you know you are approaching something special. Built-in 1928, this historic home was one of the original Rosenwald Schoolhouses, known as the ''Two Teacher Community School.'' Schoolhouses like this are a rare find nationwide and have been identified by the National Trust of Historic Preservation as one of ''America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.'' The Rosenwald Schoolhouses are a significant part of African American history and the education of children in 15 of the southern states. By 1928, one in three African American schoolchildren had attended a Rosenwald School. Post desegregation, in the 1960s, this Rosenwald Schoolhouse was turned into a private residence. The character and charm of the original schoolhouse have been lovingly and meticulously maintained all these years. A large screened porch has been added to the front of the home, allowing you to take advantage of outdoor island living. This is the perfect spot to enjoy nature and unwind after a long day. When you walk through the double doors into the home, you are greeted by towering 12' original beadboard ceilings and walls, heart pine wood flooring, and the openness of the original classroom that is now a living room. Following tradition, the schoolhouse was built in an east/west direction which allows the tall, original, 9-paned windows to be the main source of light for the schoolhouse. You will also find a large brick wood-burning fireplace which is a must-have on chilly island nights! The open concept kitchen and two additional bedrooms make up the space of the second original 22x30 classroom. Two bathrooms have been added, but the integrity of the schoolhouse has not been compromised. The original 12x20 Industrial Room is now the spacious master suite. Even the closets have 12' ceilings, so you'll have plenty of storage space. This incredible property also has a 2 car carport, a workshop with power and extra storage space, and a fenced-in space for animals. The South Carolina Department of Archives and History and The National Trust of Historic Preservation has shared an abundance of information and literature regarding The Rosenwald Schoolhouse. Per the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, this property is eligible to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places, which is an honor and will allow the owner to qualify for financial incentives. This beautiful home has also been featured in Southern Living Magazine in an article called "The Story of the Lost Schoolhouses." This incredible home is located about 3 miles from Johns Island, approximately 10 miles from Charleston, and approximately 14 miles to the entrance of Kiawah Island. This remarkable property is a part of the American story that will enchant you with its historical significance. Come today to see all the things that make this home so special. 

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Haut Gap
High School:
St. Johns

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