Ace Basin National Wildlife Refuge

Ace Basin National Wildlife Refuge

As one of the largest, undeveloped wetland ecosystems located along the Atlantic coast the ACE Basin Wildlife Refuge provides visitors with access to the natural beauty of the South Carolina lowcountry. This natural phenomenon is made up of the Ashepoo, Combahee, and Edisto rivers. These rivers come together in St. Helena Sound and help facilitate the movement of water throughout the lowcountry.

The ACE Basin is 350,000 acres of wetlands, marshes, and forests, which are home to numerous forms of wildlife including alligators, egrets, turtles, and more.

The ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge attracts numerous visitors annually who want to explore the lowcountry and learn about the history of the site. An antebellum plantation – one of just a few to withstand the Civil War – is located on the property.

In addition to its historical appeal, many visitors to the ACE Basin take advantage of the dozens of boat launches on the property to canoe and kayak through the rivers of St. Helena Sound.

Grove Plantation

In 1694, the land where what is now known as Grove Plantation was purchased in a land contract by Robert Fenwick. Unlike most plantations at the time, the Grove Plantation changed hands numerous times until George Washington Morris purchased the property. It was Morris who gave named the estate Grove Plantation and built the home on the site called Grove House, which is known for its unique architecture.

The property stayed in the Morris family until bad debts of future generations resulted in its sale to John Berkeley Grimball, who was married to a relative of George Morris. Grimball combined Grove Plantation and Pinebury Plantation and moved is family into Grove House.

During the Civil War, Grove House was occupied by Confederate troops. The Grimball family was unable to reclaim the home after the war, and it was returned to the heirs of George Morris.

Owen Winston, the owner of Brooks Brothers, purchased the home in 1929 and added bathrooms, stables, an ice house, three-car garage, barn, two more residences, and a kitchen house.

The plantation continued to change hands numerous times until it was purchased by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in 1992 as part of the ACE Basin Wildlife Refuge.

Wildlife

The wildlife that call the ACE Basin Wildlife Refuge home provide visitors with a chance to see the unbridled nature of the area. Alligators can be seen resting on the edges of the marsh along with snakes and lizards; water birds like egrets, herons, and wood storks hunt in the marshland; and deer, raccoons, bobcats, foxes, opossums, and feral hogs all make up the wildlife found in the area.

Park Map

https://www.fws.gov/refuge/ACE_Basin/map.html

Address, Hours, Season & Contact Info

Open daylight hours throughout the year

8675 Willtown Road

Hollywood, SC 29449

P: 843-889-3084