Kamschatka The Carolinas Equestrian

One of South Carolina’s Most Historic Equestrian Estates

Today, Mrs. White will tell you that selling Kamschatka is one of the hardest decisions she has ever had to make, but she knows in her heart it is time for a new buyer to keep the magic of this historic estate alive.

More than 20 years ago, Delores White and her late husband, William, knew as soon as they stepped onto the front porch, draped with century old Wisteria, that it was time for them to leave their large equestrian center in Texas of 28 years, and make Kamschatka their new home.

Situated on fifteen story book acres, on top of a hill in historic Camden, South Carolina.  Dotted with magnolias and dogwoods, painted with magnificent azaleas, hydrangeas and gardenias.  This is one of South Carolina’s most historic equestrian estates.

If walls could talk, they would boast with great pride of the Army Generals that walked these halls.  They would shout out loud in celebration of the dignitaries, the elite and the “who’s who” of the time who danced all night on these floors.  You might even get a tip of where the silver was once buried under the brick pathways to hide it from the Yankees!  And most of all, these walls would sit you down on the shady front porch and share story after story of Mothers and Fathers raising their children, and their children’s children, and all the extraordinary memories that have been collected over the years.

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If only walls could talk.

Kamschatka.  Pronounced kams-chaht-kuh, is named for a Siberian peninsula, extending between the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk.  Named for the native people, the Kamchatka said to mean "men of the far end.”

Perhaps it was the remoteness and intrigue of this far away land that inspired its American neighbor to borrow this name for their Southern Estate.

This grand Antebellum home was built in 1858 by General James Chestnut and his wife, war diarist, Mary Boykin Chestnut.  The estate exchanged hands several times throughout the years, including being purchased in 1938 by the late William F. Buckley.  His family owned the estate for more than 50 years and have been credited for many of its stately renovations including the addition of the 5 guest cottages, 8 stall stable, 3 paddocks, and several additions to the main house that all still stand today.     

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The land Kamschatka sits on was originally part of a 100-acre tract granted to John Kershaw in 1799.  Throughout the years, the remaining 15 acres were landscaped into exquisite gardens, brick verandas and pathways, and 7 terraces that taper down to the gated front entrance.  There is also a private driveway just off the stables out to Dicey Ford Road with Hunt Country just beyond. 

When the Whites bought Kamschatka in the late 90’s, they brought the home back to life once again.

White’s daughter and son in-law, Sally and Martin Truss, already lived in Camden which was another drawing factor.  Sally has been a large part of equestrian community and participant of the Camden Hunt.  She and her mother have cherished the equine community and Kamchatka has been used to host breakfast following the days hunt, and annual parties.  If you are lucky, you might catch a peek of Sally riding side saddle and enjoying the grounds.

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The house is grand in both history and size, with over 10,000 square feet in the main residence including nine bedrooms and eight and half baths.  The grand staircase is lit by a crystal chandelier which once hung in the court of Emperor Maximillian.  The original pine pocket doors still separate 2 large living rooms from the foyer.  The five guest houses include what once was Charles Buckley office, Reid Buckley’s 4 bedroom house, plus 3 more homes that were once used for servants and guests. 

Homes like this stand the test of time.  Significant and authentic, and ready to open its doors to welcome a new family and a new beginning.  Today, Kamschatka cherishes and celebrates its past, its 100+ years of spectacular memories and momentous occasions, but more importantly, Kamschatka looks forward to the future.  It looks forward to the next generation of family gatherings and time well spent.  If walls could talk, they would surely raise a glass to the next 100 years and the possibilities that await.

For more information call Jeanene Campbell at 803-900-0015 or for a video tour please visit www.KirkwoodLane.com.

Photographs courtesy of Edward Robison with Crescent Moon Pictures