How do you keep the family plantation in the family? One way is to do what the British do with family estates: share the place as a backdrop for weddings, conferences and other special events.
Brothers Weston Adams and Robert Adams recently acquired Wavering Place Plantation from their uncle, Dr. Julian C. Adams. The plantation has been in the Adams family since 1768. Wavering Place, located in lower Richland County, is 20 minutes from downtown Columbia. As of April 2014, the house grounds and gardens are available for weddings, conferences and other events. This venue provides a stunning backdrop that includes the stately c. 1850 Greek Revival house and five original plantation outbuildings dating back to 1790. Event caterers have access to the newly renovated catering kitchen in the basement of the big house. Furthermore, the 1790 brick kitchen house has been converted into an old world guest house and will be available for an overnight stay in conjunction with an event —or can be rented by itself for weekend getaways. Overnight visitors can walk the plantation’s 500 acres, including the hardwood bottomlands along Cedar Creek containing 150-year-old timber.
Wavering Place also boasts nationally acclaimed native plant gardens restored and designed by Dr. Julian C. Adams. The gardens have a classical formal design, and are surrounded by ancient live oaks and magnolias. Weston, an environmental attorney with MGC, LLC, and Robert, a lobbyist with McGuire Woods, LLP, have dedicated themselves to preserving the place for the next generation of Adams. Their spouses, Lisa Boykin Adams and Shana Adams, bring their talents to Wavering Place as well. Lisa has a background in art, design and architecture, while Shana has experience in the hospitality industry management and marketing. As a team, they have what it takes to preserve this South Carolina treasure … and to create an impressive setting for those who want to step back in time. Visit their website at waveringplaceplantation.com.