Auldbrass Tour: Yemassee Plantation Built by Frank Lloyd Wright
Come tour Auldbrass, the Yemassee plantation built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1939. Proceeds benefit Beaufort County Open Land Trust.
The Beaufort Open Land Trust’s 2021 Auldbrass Tours will be held Thursday, Nov. 4, Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6, and tickets are now available.
Daily tours to run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and proceeds from the tour benefit the Beaufort County Open Land Trust. Tickets are $175, and there are no refunds.
Auldbrass, located at 7 River Road in Yemassee, was built in 1939 for C. Leigh Stevens, a Michigan industrialist, by Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright famously designed the residential structure without any right angles. He was supposedly inspired by the lean of the live oak trees found throughout the local region.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation describes the property as a “4,000-acre tract of land on the banks of the Combahee River, the plantation is one of the largest and most complex residential projects Wright ever undertook.”
Wright is arguably the most famous architect in American history.
Auldbrass Plantation was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 and is one of only two buildings Wright designed in South Carolina. The other is an additional residential project called Broad Margin in Greenville.
About the tour
The division of tickets into morning and afternoon is to assist with the flow of the main house portion of the tour.
A buyer of a morning ticket has the ability to tour the main house from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The ticket holder may stay on property longer, but the ticket restricts the ticket holder to the Main House portion of the tour during the morning session.
A buyer of an afternoon ticket has the ability to tour the main house from 12:31 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The ticket holder may come earlier or stay on property longer, but the ticket restricts the ticket holder to the Main House portion of the tour during the afternoon session.
Ticket holders are permitted just one tour through the main house. All other areas of the property are open and may be toured at the ticket holder’s leisure.
Important information about the sales and tour:
Tickets are sold on a first come- first served basis;
The tour is mostly self-guided;
The Main House tour is guided with groups of 12;
Rain or shine event;
No children under the age of 12;
No interior photos;
Walking tour – Absolutely no third-party sales.
There is no lunch on the property. However, Lowcountry Produce is offering a 10 percent discount with proof of ticket or event brochure on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Tickets can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/auldbrass-tours-2021-tickets-151537892917.
Learn more about Beaufort County Open Land Trust here.
This story first appeared in The Island News.