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  • In the late 1700s Leonhardt Shuler homesteaded the 200 acres granted him by King George III of England. Sometime near 1800, Shuler’s oldest son, John built the heart pine landmark farmhouse on granite blocks quarried at Dreher Shoals. The property later came to be know as Selwood since from 1883-1908 the house served as a post office for the Selwood Community submerged by Lake Murray’s waters. John R. Shuler, Jr. and later, his wife served as its postmasters.

  • After the Civil War and during the Great Depression, the Shulers tenant-farmed the land, then sold several tracts to the Lexington Power Company (now SCE&G) for the Lake Murray Dam Project, and provided board for several of its executives. Along Selwood’s Bush River Road frontage a filling station sold gas for the newest mode of transportation, the automobile.

     

    In 1949, J.D. Lawrence, a combat veteran of World War I and an executive with the Farm Co-op Bank, bought the house and acreage from the Shuler heirs. Here he raised prize-winning hogs that thrived on the acorns from Selwood’s ancient oaks. In the early 1970s Lawrence sold approximately 80 acres to Michael Mungo, and in 1973 sold 13+ acres with the old farmhouse and barn to Jerry and Carole Rothstein.

     

    The Rothsteins, with their son David have developed Selwood Trace with an intimate neighborhood in mind with low-maintenance cottage/farmhouse style homes that will revisit Selwood’s past in keeping with the architecture of its historic structures.

For more information contact Susie Carlson at 803-238-1719 or Nancy Warner at 803-920-4324

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