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Little Hobcaw — Nesmith, South Carolina

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Camden native and New York financier Bernard Baruch, owner of Hobcaw Barony in Georgetown, first leased and then purchased thousands of acres in the Williamsburg County community of Nesmith in the 1930s for use as a hunting preserve. He named the property Little Hobcaw after his Georgetown property and built this lodge on the land in the 1940s. The home was renovated and enlarged in the 1970s and again in 2014, and the property includes two guest houses and several outbuildings.

Little Hobcaw

Linda Brown of Kingstree, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Baruch, an adviser to President Woodrow Wilson and President Franklin D. Roosevelt, often hosted world leaders for hunting expeditions at Little Hobcaw; Winston Churchill was Baruch’s most notable guest. Original artwork by the prime minister adorns a mantel at Little Hobcaw, and Churchill’s granddaughter once referred to Baruch as her grandfather’s “finest American friend.”

Little Hobcaw Gates

Linda Brown of Kingstree, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Following Baruch’s death in 1965, the property was sold to James Sigmon. Sigmon continued to operate the land as a hunting preserve but also managed several hundred acres for timber and agriculture. Sigmon died in 2013, and the present status of Little Hobcaw is unknown.

Little Hobcaw Info

Address: 6480 Nesmith Road, Nesmith, SC 29580
GPS Coordinates: 33.705309,-79.645975

Little Hobcaw Map

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