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2100 South Carolina Highway 341 South
Lynchburg, South Carolina 29080
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Historic plantation, circa 1830, available for weddings and special events in Lynchburg, South Carolina.  

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Tales from Tanglewood Plantation - 200 years in the making

 

The Country, Cuisine, and Charity

Jamie Dyce

One of the more rewarding ways that we are able to share Tanglewood Plantation is through charitable events.  This month, we are planning an event to benefit the Darlington County Education Foundation and will transform Tanglewood’s peaceful fields into a highly-competitive stage for the area’s most elite restaurants.  We are proud to be hosting the first annual Culinary Cup which will showcase the Pee Dee's most talented chefs and stack them against each other for a “Top Chef” style competition.  Each chef will prepare one dish and attempt to gain both the critical/ judge’s vote and the popular vote for taste and presentation.  I have spent the last 6 weeks getting to know these restaurant owners and their chefs and can’t wait to see what they prepare!

The Darlington County Education Foundation is purposed to support teachers who in turn kindle enthusiasm and curiosity in the hearts and minds of children.  The grants that teachers apply for directly impact the children of Darlington County and may include additional technology requests, science extensions such as class butterfly gardens, or things that the District can't budget for--like filters for the overhead lights in a special needs classroom.  As a Board member for the DCEF, it is fantastic to explore the ideas that the teachers submit and to be able to reward their creativity and dedication to their students. 

"Cooking for a Cause" to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness.  Victor's (Florence, SC) at Tanglewood Plantation.  Photo credit J. Case Webb.

"Cooking for a Cause" to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness.  Victor's (Florence, SC) at Tanglewood Plantation.  Photo credit J. Case Webb.

Fiascos is a new restaurant in Florence, SC co-owned by Dale Barth of Red Bone Alley fame.  When commenting on what sets Fiasco’s apart, Barth states, “Everything you see here, we’re making here daily…It’s all fresh. It’s because we grow the finest food. It’s chock full of the best … stuff you can imagine”.  Although the atmosphere is casual Italian, the handmade pastas, calamari, and pizzas are truly a work of art and capture the enthusiasm for food that the entire staff seems to radiate.  I met with Curry Watkins, manager, and his excitement to be a part of something new and huge in Florence was contagious!  Over a delicious, locally brewed beer we discussed the Culinary Cup and chatted with his Atlanta-trained chefs—not to spoil it—but this team is ready to compete! 

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
— Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

Victor’s has been a staple of Florence’s fine dining crowd for years and continues to impress with both its high level of service and its dedication to amazing food.  Victors boasts not only a beautiful dining room which has been awarded AAA’s 3-Diamond award, but a strong catering department led by the experienced Rachel Dill and Jayne Murray.  I had the pleasure of working with Victor’s incredible chefs this past fall, as Victor’s presented “Cooking for a Cause” at Tanglewood Plantation to benefit Breast Cancer awareness.  I was awed and impressed by Chef Cooper and Chef Sherif’s beautiful presentation that night…and can’t wait to see what they bring to the table for this event!

Photo credit C. Holst Photography at Tanglewood Plantation.

Photo credit C. Holst Photography at Tanglewood Plantation.

Chef Chris Carpenter will represent Block and Vino Neighborhood Butcher, an institution in Florence renowned for its incredible steaks and service.  Block and Vino does extensive catering and has participated in events such as Lake City’s ArtFields and Florence’s Taste of the Symphony.  Much more than just a Butcher Shop, Chef Carpenter states it best, “I love that I can be creative and cook to make people happy and have the chance to raise awareness and funds for good local causes.  Just as I want my children to know where their food comes from I want the same for my customers and their families.   I like working for a local business and immersing us in the community and supporting local causes.”

Collin M. Smith Portrait Photography at Tanglewood Plantation.

Collin M. Smith Portrait Photography at Tanglewood Plantation.

 Catrina Penny, the owner of Hartsville’s new Lighter Side, has been smiling coyly at those trying to pinpoint exactly where her new restaurant will head for months.  She has enlisted the help of the very talented Chef Slayter Jameson to open her mysterious new restaurant and the rumors that we’ve heard have us clamoring for more.  What we do know is that the Lighter Side offers an incredible menu dedicated to fresh food, the location on Hartsville’s main thoroughfare couldn’t be more perfect, and Catrina’s dedication to improving Hartsville’s culinary scene is tangible—I am so excited to bring this new restaurant out for a sneak preview!

 Another restaurant “sneak peak” will be presented by the not-yet-opened Town Hall Restaurant and Bar from Florence, SC.  Brought to our area by the esteemed The Indigo Road Hospitality and Consulting Group of Charleston, SC, Town Hall promises to operate under the highest attention to service and dedication to the utmost in superior customer experience.  Also in the ranks of  this same restaurant powerhouse are the Oak Steakhouse (downtown Charleston), O-Ku, Indaco, and Mercantile and Mash (also of Charleston legend).  The anticipation for this caliber of dining experience is palpable around Florence and I am certain that Town Hall’s incredible chefs will give our attendants something to talk about!

Harvest to Hearth Wine Dinner at Tanglewood Plantation.

Harvest to Hearth Wine Dinner at Tanglewood Plantation.

Hartsville’s Midnight Rooster has seen some incredible changes since Suzanne Galloway took over the quaint, small-town coffee shop.  Not only did she transform the decor of the shop into an upscale, metropolitan space, but she also elevated the menu to fine dining.  Suzanne’s strength as a small business owner is apparent in her attention to detail and translates at the Midnight Rooster into a dedication to fresh food, local produce, and inventive recipes.  Suzanne laughed when I complimented her on the Midnight Rooster’s transformation, “I’m so busy changing things, I’m always surprised when I hear people say things like that!”.  Suzanne and her creative, young chef Ryland Culbertson will not fail to impress at the Culinary Cup. 

 This event will also be supported by Hartsville’s Bizzell’s, Florence’s SWEET, and Florence’s Complete Rentals.  These amazing local businesses have dedicated both their time and their resources to ensuring that this event will be a tremendous success--thank you in advance!!

We look forward to seeing you at the First Annual Culinary Cup and can't wait to announce how much money we were able to raise for the Darlington County Education Foundation! 

Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.
— Ruth Reichl

The Benches at Tanglewood Plantation

Jamie Dyce

Tanglewood Plantation circa 1830

Tanglewood Plantation circa 1830

The history of Tanglewood Plantation is rooted in the southern tradition of caring for the soil, it's trees, and their inhabitants.  Before the property earned its current name in the early 1800’s, the property was called Smith’s Grove after both the family who owned the land and the large sweeping expanses of trees that graced the acreage. 

My husband and I spent most of last winter walking Tanglewood's groves with an expert tree company, looking at each tree—it’s health, it’s diseases, it’s old and dying limbs.  We saved the ones we could save by applying different sealants and salves to the bark.  We trimmed back dead limbs and thinned out canopies.  But there were a few that could not be saved and that had to be turned into firewood to heat the Plantation.  There is one tree—a large Pecan—that we were anxiously praying would come back, but didn’t.  I’ve spent a lot of time under the precarious and dropping limbs of that tree thinking about all of the things that tree has witnessed—this will be the winter that we chop it down.

Tanglewood’s two hundred years run through many chapters of American history.  The enormous, original tract that was deeded to Smith family is right on the path the North took as it invaded the South during the Civil War.  South Carolinians fought for farmer’s rights just mere decades later, led by the dauntless Ellison Durant Smith of Tanglewood Plantation.  The turn of the century witnessed the struggle for equality by both women and blacks; that struggle was bore out under the tree limbs of Tanglewood.   Two World Wars were fought, people were born, lived, and died, and another Millenium marked our calendars.  Quiet and still,  Tanglewood Plantation and it’s trees hold strong.

One of the most beautiful stories (and pictures) at Tanglewood Plantation, is the one that captures the Benches at Tanglewood Plantation.  Scattered around the property are rotting, moss- covered planks that balance between two huge old trees.  The wood looks to be minutes away from collapsing, and the Spanish moss hangs low from those trees.  Local lore tells that when there were weddings on the property,  a board was placed between two trees (or that a board was placed next to one tree and another was planted) to signify and mark the union.  These benches are still here, commemorating these marriages of yesteryear, even though everything else has changed. 

So as I look to the future of Tanglewood Plantation, our family and our guests, I am curious about which pieces will withstand the hands of time.   Will all of the trees that my children climb and those that we are trying to save still be here?  Will the couples that dance their wedding nights away, full of life and anticipation come back?  Will they hold hands under these same trees, with white hair, and smile about all the time that has passed since their magical night at Tanglewood Plantation?   Only the future will tell, but...

I hope so.  :)

A special thank you to all of the Photographers who have helped capture Tanglewood Plantation's magic:

Lacy Ferrell Photography, James McCoy Photography, Carla Holst, Devon Carsten, Collin Smith Portrait Photography, and Ashley Owens Jones Photography.

And an invitation to all of our beautiful couples shown above-- You are always welcome at Tanglewood-- thank you for helping to create the magic...

At night I dream that you and I are two plants, that grew together, roots entwined, and that you know the earth and the rain like my mouth, since we are made of earth and rain”
— Pablo Neruda, Regalo de un Poeta


Weddings!!

Jamie Dyce

As I look out the window at the rain and falling leaves, I’m a little sad to see the end of our first wedding season.  My first Tanglewood brides--who toured in the middle of our construction and restoration--will always be my favorite! 

This year, I met Elizabeth, with her contagious smile and sweet June afternoon wedding.  Britteny and her parents won my heart with their affection and love for each other.  Shannon and Jonathon were fantastic every step of the way, even as all of their wedding day steps were in the pouring rain!  And McCall and Jonathon wowed me with vintage cars and their twinkling October night.

I watched these fantastic people plan their perfect days, sort out their options, and lean on me for guidance and advice.  And I guess I’m a little surprised by how much I enjoy the process—the meetings, the decisions, and the growing anticipation.  I have learned so much this year about how to be a better guide, about how to be a more sophisticated hostess, and about how to listen with both my ears and my heart.    

2015 also marks my own 10- year wedding anniversary and I find myself thinking back on my own wedding more than I have in previous years.  I wanted (and had) a small, intimate wedding in the destination city of Charleston.  We chose a gorgeous, gilt ballroom tucked away in a hotel and lit it with romantic chandeliers and candlelight.  We pinched our pennies on flowers, spent our money on food, and danced too little!  I met most of my husband’s family and friends for the first time that weekend, and remember being so nervous that they wouldn’t like me.  At the end of the night, my new husband and I walked into the room my bridesmaids had decorated with rose petals and candles and boxes of presents, and we both fell on the bed—exhausted!  It went so quickly and mostly seems a blur except for the important details:  the look on my husband’s face as I read my vows to him, laughing with my parents and my closest friends, and the “feeling” of doing the most special thing I had ever done! 

So as I look at the next year’s full calendar for Tanglewood Plantation, I am excited for these couples that we now call family!  We have couples travelling from Virginia, Florida, Illinois, and North Carolina this next year.  We have wedding planners travelling in from Beaufort, Raleigh, and Charleston.  We have one of our brides having a baby in 2016 and I can’t wait to have her friends and family return to Tanglewood for another special life event!  It’s going to be an amazing year and I can’t wait to be a part of it!

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