JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - James Island Mayor Bill Woolsey and town council members are recommending the Historic Charleston Foundation sell the 38-acre antebellum plantation to the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission. Woolsey feels the CCPRC is best equipped to handle the preservation of McLeod and prepare it for visitors.
Former James Island Mayor Mary Clark tried to get the plantation through eminent domain after an offer to buy McLeod was rejected. That move created an acrimonious relationship with the Historic Charleston Foundation.
Woolsey feels the town does not have the financial capability to be able to restore and maintain the plantation. He says the CCPRC is best able to offer the public access to the cultural and historic aspects of the property.
The plantation property includes a main house built in 1853 and five slave cabins.