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CLOVER FILLY 3RD FOAL BORN ON DAUFUSKIE MARSH TACKY SOCIETY

Welcome to the world, little Clover. She was born on St. Patrick’s Day evening! We were present for almost the entire labor and birth. What a miraculous experience. As our third foal, this is the first time we have witnessed the birth. We were able to imprint this new life in that precious window of time when she will associate us as her family. We had our hands on her at her first breath, helped her get her spindly legs under her and find her mama’s milk. Flaca (Carolina Moon x DP) and Clover (sired by Lowther’s Lucero) are bonded, healthy and happy! This is the first foal to be born at our new location at Selmont Hall.

CAMELLIA TREE DAUFUSKIE ISLAND SIMMONS HOUSE SELMONT HALL

We would like to thank everyone for their support, comments, concerns and inquiries since we have moved from our original location at Freeport to our new location at Selmont Hall. Because we are basically ‘glamping’ and totally under construction right now, we are closed for trail rides, pony rides, lessons and tours etc. until further notice. We hope to be to a point by spring to re-open, but we are in the “Slowcountry.” Multiply that by the bridgeless island factor and we will realistically be open this summer after all. If you might like to contribute to our construction efforts with in-kind donations of construction materials or equipment rental, please contact us directly!

SIMMONS HOUSE HAPPY NEW UYEAR DAUFUSKIE ISLAND MARSH TACKY SOCIETY

We had no reservations kissing 2020 goodbye and saying hello with open arms to the new year, our new location and our new adventures. Wishing everyone else a Happy New Year in 2021!

SELMONT HALL DAUFUSKIE MARSH TACKY SOCIETY WE'RE MOVING

We are beyond thrilled to announce that we just closed on 7 acres next to the 2 acres with the Simmons House on Old Haig Point Rd. Finally, we have a permanent home for our organization and our horses. The 9 acre property will collectively be named “Selmont Hall” thanks to major contributions by the Selmont Family. We also must thank Wick Scurry and Team Freeport for everything over the last 5 years. We began a 5 year agricultural land lease agreement with Mr. Scurry in 2015 and could not have gotten on the map or where we are today without his generosity.

SIMMONS HOUSE SELMONT HALL DAUFUSKIE MARSH TACKY SOCIETY

A majority of the repairs to the Simmons House has been made and the house is starting to shine. We did everything we could to preserve the home’s hip roof pitch, floor plan, paint colors and character. We still have a ways to go but we are over the hill. We look forward to celebrating with everyone and hosting a house warming party soon.

SELMONT HALL PASTURE DAUFUSKIE MARSH TACKY SOCIETY

We reached a milestone today with improvements to the property at Selmont’s to the point that we moved Louie and Able to the property. With our first pasture cleared, fenced and a basic run-in shelter constructed, the guys seem to be enjoying their new surroundings. We now currently have horses spread around 3 different locations on Daufuskie, here, at Freeport and at the end of Hinson White Road. We look forward to the day that all the horses are consolidated into one place!

SC AGRITOURISM ASSOCIATION

In the beginning of 2018, Daufuskie Marsh Tacky Society joined as a member of the SC Agritourism Association. Agritourism is defined as the crossroads between agriculture and tourism. It includes any activity carried out on a working farm or ranch that allows the public, for recreational, entertainment, or educational purposes, to view or enjoy rural activities. While attending the annual summit, DMTS Founder/Director Erica was voted in to serve on the Association’s board of directors for the Lowcountry Region. Following a board meeting in Columbia, these adorable retail tiny houses were seen across from the meeting location and became a source of inspiration for our office. Also known as the She-Shed, it’s where visitors can check in, get information and purchase items from us.

SHIPPING CONTAINER AT SELMONT HALL DAUFUSKIE ISLAND

It’s a big week at Selmont’s this week. Our 40′ shipping container just arrived (packed tight with hay and building materials) and land clearing is beginning. We have been saving and planning for this for a while! Check back often for more updates. If you haven’t already connected with us on social media be sure to like our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram.

SIMMONS HOUSE AT SELMONT HALL DAUFUSKIE ISLAND

Welcome to Selmont Farm, the new, permanent home of Daufuskie Marsh Tacky Society. This major capital project, established in July 2017, has been made possible by a private partnership with the Selmont Family.

The most significant part of the project is the restoration of the historically significant Simmons House. Pending the new Beaufort County Bailey Bill application as well as additional partnerships with Preservation South Carolina and the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, once the restoration is complete the home will feature office, retail shop and Marsh Tacky Museum space, plus overnight accommodations for staff, interns and vacation guests.

New property improvements will include a 2-stall barn, pasture, fencing, a citrus orchard, native seasonal gardens and an apiary. Every effort will be made to reclaim and reuse materials from the property and to maintain its existing character. The floor plan and existing paint colors of the home shall be preserved. Care has been taken in planning so that routine activities at Selmont Farm incorporate composting, recycling and reduction of energy consumption.

This project broke ground in August of 2017 and is projected to be complete by spring 2018.

You can have a hand in developing the permanent home of Daufuskie Marsh Tacky Society. Now is your chance to participate in preserving one of the last remaining historically significant Gullah cottages on the island so that it can have new life in perpetuity dedicated to preserving the critically endangered South Carolina State Heritage Horse. There are may ways to give and be involved, and your donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

We are in need of building supplies, machinery, equipment, appliances, etc to complete the Simmons House restoration. Once completed, our organization will be self sustaining! High profile naming and sponsorship opportunities are available. CONTACT US TODAY!

The history, culture and heritage that the Marsh Tacky represents belongs to all of us and it should be celebrated by everyone!

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