Donnelly Wildlife Management Area, Green Pond, South Carolina
At the parking area near the Boynton Nature Trail at the Donnelly Wildlife Management Area (map) you’ll find Boynton House – a beautiful old place that is surprisingly intact despite the open doors and windows. I was told that this place was built in the early 1900s and was abandoned sometime in the 1950s. I’m going to try and find out more about the history of the place, and when I do I will update this post. You can tell that it was a beautiful home – and much loved. What a beautiful setting too! I can’t imagine the sounds at night, with all of the windows open. Now bats inhabit the house, and other animals I’m sure.
A bit about the history of the Donnelley Wildlife Management Area (WMA)… it is located east of Green Pond, SC and consists of 8,048 acres of wetland and upland habitats. It is part of the Ashepoo, Combahee, Edisto (ACE) Basin, where 9,155 acres was acquired in 1990 by Ducks Unlimited and other partners (Nature Conservancy, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Dow Chemical). This area was originally named Mary’s Island Reserve, but after some reorganization, Ducks Unlimited transferred management of the Mary’s Island Reserve to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and a portion of the property was renamed the Donnelley Wildlife Management Area. It’s a spectacular wild space.