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Trying to pick a health insurance plan can be a chore for anyone. For many people, just mentioning the word "open enrollment" sends shivers down the spine. It seems like there's always a nagging feeling that you're wasting money, choosing a plan with poor in-network care, or both. One would think that health insurance gets easier as you approach retirement age, but the truth is that picking an initial Medicare coverage plan can be daunting.

Unfortunately, the confusing process of signing up for Medicare causes many seniors to forego healthcare coverage altogether. After all, Medicare enrollment can involve several federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration (or SSA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (or CMS).

At Senior Medicare Insurance Services, our passion is guiding seniors through the confusion of Medicare. That way, they can enjoy retirement with peace of mind knowing they are protected and ready for life after 65. We work with dozens of insurance companies, giving our clients the chance to choose a plan that best fits their lifestyle.

We choose to design our senior insurance plans with a focus on optimal benefits structure, lower costs, and personalized service. Some independent insurance agencies see their aging customers as nothing more than a financial transaction waiting to happen. In contrast, we treat each of our clients with respect and dignity as we help them navigate the confusing waters of Medicare. Combined with individualized service, we help older Americans make well-informed decisions about insurance. Whether you're in need of senior Medicare Supplement Plan insurance in Beaufort or simply have questions about signing up for Medicare, our team is here to help.

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What is Medicare?

If you're approaching the golden years of your life, it's important you understand what Medicare is if you don't already.

Medicare is a federal health insurance program reserved for people older than 65 who have worked full-time for at least ten years. The Medicare program is paid for by a combination of worker payroll tax, premiums paid by Medicare enrollees, and the U.S. government.

There are four parts of Medicare:

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This type of Medicare is free for most U.S. citizens. Medicare Part A helps older adults pay for care in a nursing facility, hospital visits, and some forms of in-home senior care.

This tier costs around $100 per month. It covers different outpatient services like lab tests, preventative care, doctor's visits, mental health care, clinical trials, and some forms of surgery.

This type of Medicare is most often called Medicare Advantage. This tier of Medicare allows seniors to choose health plans provided by insurance companies like Senior Medicare Insurance Services. Individuals who use Medicare Advantage commonly use Medicare supplement plan insurance to help pay for health care costs that Original Medicare won't cover, like coinsurance, deductibles, and copayments.

Sometimes called "PDPs," these plans add drug coverage to standard Medicare, some Medicare Private Fee-for-Service Plans (PFFS), some Medicare Cost Plans, and Medicare Medical Savings Account Plans (MSA).

The amount of money you pay for your health care depends on several factors, including:

At Senior Medicare Insurance Services, we offer a number of health insurance solutions for seniors. Two of our most used services include Medicare Advantage plan insurance and Medicare supplement plan insurance.

Senior Medicare Supplement Plan Insurance in Beaufort

Sometimes called Medigap, the purpose of Medicare Supplement Insurance is to help fill in "gaps" that might not be covered by Original Medicare. You can think of a Medigap policy as a supplement for your Original Medicare benefits.

Private companies like Senior Medicare Insurance Services sell this type of insurance right here in South Carolina. While Original Medicare will pay for much of the cost associated with health care services you need, it may not cover all of your expenses. Generally, Medigap policies do not cover costs stemming from eyeglasses, private-duty nurses, dental care, hearing aids, or long-term care.

Depending on the Medicare Supplement Plan that you choose, it may cover out-of-the-country medical services when you travel abroad. Assuming you have Original Medicare coverage, your policy will cover its share of Medicare-approved health care costs. Once your Original Medicare coverage reaches its limit, your Medigap policy will pay its share of the fees.

Our Medigap policies are drafted to meet your specific needs, and can help cover remaining health care costs such as:

Deductibles

Copayments

Coinsurance

Important Information About Senior Supplement Plan Insurance

To dispel some confusion, you should know that a Medigap policy is not the same as a Medicare Advantage Plan. The latter helps you receive Medicare benefits, while the former supplements the benefits you obtain through your Original Medicare plan. As you begin to explore Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, keep the following important information in mind:

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As you begin to explore Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, keep the following important information in mind:

  • To qualify for a Medigap policy, you must first have Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B.
  • Payments on your Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan will be made to the private insurance company that you choose, like Senior Medicare Insurance Services. These payments are made every month and are paid in addition to the monthly payment you make for Medicare Part B.
  • If you are the holder of a Medicare Advantage Plan, it is illegal for an insurance company to sell you a senior Medicare Supplement Policy. If you plan on switching back to an Original Medicare plan, you may be able to purchase a Medigap policy.
  • If you have health problems as you age, your standardized Medigap policy is guaranteed to be renewable. So long as you pay your monthly premium, your insurance provider cannot cancel your policy.
  • Medigap policies only cover one person. If you have a spouse or family member that would like coverage, they must purchase a separate policy.
  • You may only buy a Senior Medicare Supplement Plan from an insurance agent that is licensed to sell them in your state. Senior Medicare Insurance Services has been licensed to sell Medigap policies in South Carolina for years. We have helped countless seniors get the Medicare coverage they need and continue to do so to this day.
  • In the past, Medigap policies were able to cover costs related to prescription drugs. As of January 1st, 2006, prescription drug coverage is not available on Medicare Supplement Plans. The best way to get coverage for your prescription drugs is to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, often called Part D. Contact our office today to learn more about paying premiums on Medigap and Medicare plans.

For many people, the best time to buy senior Medicare Supplement Plan Insurance in Beaufort is during the 7 months Medigap Open Enrollment Period. This period starts the day you turn 65 years old, so long as you hold Medical Insurance (Medicare Part B). Generally, during the enrollment period, you get more policy choices and better pricing. Once the enrollment period is over, you may not be able to purchase a Medigap policy. Contact Senior Medicare Insurance Services today to determine if you qualify for a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan.

Senior Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance in Beaufort, SC

A Medicare Advantage Plan is a kind of Medicare health coverage designed to provide seniors with all their Part A and Part B Medicare benefits. Many Medicare Advantage Plans will often include coverage of the following:

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In addition, most Medicare Advantage Plans give seniors coverage for their prescription drug needs. When you enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan through Senior Medicare Insurance Services, your Medicare benefits are covered through your plan and will not be paid for by traditional Medicare.

How Medicare Advantage Plans Work

Sometimes called "MA Plans" or "Part C," Medicare Advantage Plans are considered an "all in one" solution to Original Medicare. Senior Medicare Advantage Plans are only offered by private companies that are approved, like Senior Medicare Insurance Services. Seniors who enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan are still on Medicare. However, these individuals enjoy bundled plans that give seniors the benefits of hospital insurance (Medicare Part A), medical insurance (Medicare Part B), and sometimes drug coverage (Part D).

Medicare Advantage Plans are very popular because they cover all Medicare services and make life a little easier for seniors who have trouble understanding the nuances of Medicare.

When you contact Senior Medicare Insurance Services to choose your Medicare Advantage Plan, ask your agent about Medicare prescription drug coverage. Unless you already have drug coverage (Part D), you should seriously consider Part D coverage to help reduce costs associated with prescription drugs. You may also want to consider a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan to help fill gaps in coverage that Original Medicare will not cover.

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Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance Rules

Medicare works by paying a set amount of money to the companies that offer senior Medicare Advantage Plan insurance in Beaufort. That money is used to pay for the care services that you need. Because Medicare Advantage Plans are different, you should expect out-of-pocket costs to vary depending on the plan you choose.

Different plans have different rules for how you receive services, such as:

  • If you must go to facilities, suppliers, or doctors that belong to your Advantage Plan for non-urgent and non-emergency care.
  • Whether you must get a referral to see a specialized doctor
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Companies that offer Medicare Advantage Plans must follow strict rules, which are set by Medicare and can change every year.

Paying for Your Senior Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance

How much you pay for your Medicare Advantage Plan varies and depends on a few different factors. In most cases, if you need a kind of medical service, you will need to rely on the doctors and providers in your plan's service area and network to pay the lowest amounts. In some cases, if you choose to use a service outside of your plan's network of coverage, you may have to pay out-of-pocket.

We encourage you to contact our office today to learn more about Medicare Advantage Plans, how they work, what your options are, and how often you will have to pay out-of-pocket, if at all.

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The Senior Medicare Insurance Services Commitment

Since our company was founded, we have led the insurance industry by providing our clients with the most valuable, helpful insurance solutions available. We are fully committed to our current and prospective clients by:

  • Choosing to focus on personalized, one-on-one service. When you work with our team, know that we will always design your health insurance plan with your best interests in mind.
  • Listening to your specific needs.
  • Responding to all inquiries and questions promptly and with a friendly attitude.
  • Providing you with the best customer service in the senior health insurance industry, whether you have questions or are ready to move forward with a Medicare plan.
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Our mission is to help give seniors the best Medicare assistance available so that they may understand the Medicare process and make an informed health coverage decision. We have the knowledge, skills, and experience to assist anyone interested in Medicare. Our personal goal is to become a lifetime resource for our clients and give them greater confidence in choosing their insurance plans.

Latest News in Beaufort, SC

Beaufort County residents to decide on 2-year $100M Greenspace tax

BEAUFORT, S.C. (WCSC) - Beaufort County Council voted Monday night to let voters decide whether to approve a 2-year, one-percent sales tax on the November ballot.The sales tax would collect up to $100 million to purchase land and conservation easements, and buy down density to slow and prevent development.The money may also be used to pay off debt from past land purchases, a release from the county states.“We have a lot of land to preserve within our County to slow growth and preserve our environment,” Beaufo...

BEAUFORT, S.C. (WCSC) - Beaufort County Council voted Monday night to let voters decide whether to approve a 2-year, one-percent sales tax on the November ballot.

The sales tax would collect up to $100 million to purchase land and conservation easements, and buy down density to slow and prevent development.

The money may also be used to pay off debt from past land purchases, a release from the county states.

“We have a lot of land to preserve within our County to slow growth and preserve our environment,” Beaufort County Chairman Joe Passiment said.

Previous readings of the ordinance set the proposed sales tax at 1% for four years, collecting $300 million.

“I was against LOST last year for many reasons, and it was defeated,” Council Member Logan Cunningham said. “A lot is different between these two referendums. Many of us ran on slowing growth, and we have been using our tools at the County level. Municipalities have been reluctant to support us. This tool gives us direct control. The tax gives us a good direction, has a cap and an end date.”

South Carolina is the tenth-fastest-growing state in the nation, and Beaufort County is the eighth-fastest growing county in the state. The county has continued to experience a high rate of growth during the last decade.

The town of Bluffton in southern Beaufort County in 2001 consisted of one square mile; but the town’s footprint currently exceeds 54 square miles, with 92 percent of the area under planned unit development zoning, and in the past decade, its population increased 156 percent.

The population of the city of Hardeeville in southern Beaufort and Jasper counties has increased 212 percent in the past decade, and the city is processing applications for the development of a 231-acre tract adjacent to the Broad River known as Chelsea South and a 2,200-acre tract at the headwaters of the New River known as Karrh Tract, county leaders say.

A 2018 joint study of Lady’s Island by the city of Beaufort and Beaufort County concluded new measures were needed to manage growth on the island, with the anticipated amount of growth exceeding the capacity of the island’s infrastructure.

“This rapid growth puts environmentally unsustainable pressures on our lands and waters in that the development and the accompanying infrastructure result in the destruction of natural wetlands, marshes, headwaters, and other waterways, thereby hampering the functioning of these systems and eliminating valuable and effective natural storm protection and flood abatement, and fish and wildlife habitat,” the release from Beaufort County states.

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Beaufort’s marina would double in size with $14 million expansion. Not everybody’s on board

Safe Harbor Marinas is proposing to replace and more than double the size of Beaufort’s marina in an expansion project that could result in a $14 million investment.Some residents are opposed because they argue the increase in the number of boats and docks will infringe on the city’s iconic views of the water from Bay Street, which is adjacent to the Beaufort River, but others say an expansion is warranted.For its part, Safe Harbor says it’s responding to demand. The company, which operates the marina for the ...

Safe Harbor Marinas is proposing to replace and more than double the size of Beaufort’s marina in an expansion project that could result in a $14 million investment.

Some residents are opposed because they argue the increase in the number of boats and docks will infringe on the city’s iconic views of the water from Bay Street, which is adjacent to the Beaufort River, but others say an expansion is warranted.

For its part, Safe Harbor says it’s responding to demand. The company, which operates the marina for the city, views the expansion, it adds, as an improvement for the city’s “front door” via the water.

Safe Harbor announced the expansion project last year but, for the first time, it has made public a drawing of the proposed plan and the larger footprint, which is sparking questions about the impact it will have on the Beaufort River, parking and views. The entire marina would be replaced except one section of docks currently used by transient boaters, which would be moved to another location in the new scheme.

In 2019, Safe Harbor Marinas, a fast-growing network of marinas worldwide, signed a contract to lease and manage the city’s marina for 10 years. The city receives a percentage of dock fees and fuel sales.

Safe Harbor needs the city’s OK to proceed with the expansion plans.

“This is a draft,” said David Rogers, a Safe Harbor Marinas regional vice president, “and we’ve got plenty to talk about.”

The number of boat slips, Roger said, would increase from 75 to 181. Slips go to members who pay to park their boats for longer periods.

The linear feet of docks would increase from less than 5,000 feet to 11,482, and most of that is due to additional tie-up space for transients. Transients are boaters who stop in the city and park their boats for short periods.

Ten moorings would be removed, Rogers said, which will allow for additional slips.

Also planned are a new fuel pump area, a floating wave dock that makes it easier to dock in wavy conditions, slips where boats can be pulled out of the water, improvements to the existing operations center and a new gangway to access the docks.

The new marina would cover the footprint of the existing marina but it would be expanded significantly to the west, in front of Bay Street, which is lined with historic homes with views of the Beaufort River. The views also are visible by pedestrians.

“I want to see the marina prosper and everything,” Councilman Neil Lipsitz said, “but it looks too excessive for downtown to me.”

Wallace and Carolyn Scarborough, who live on Bay Street, said the neighborhood was “completely against it” because of the impacts on the views.

“You put this dockage out in the front of Bay Street,” Wallace Scarborough said, “you are going to block the view.”

Visitors, they argued, want to see the water, not boats. The Scarboroughs also raised concerns about noise and the impact of the additional traffic on the marsh.

Cynthia Jenkins, who heads Historic Beaufort Foundation, noted the city’s vistas have special importance to residents, tourism and the city’s economic and need to be balanced against Safe Harbor’s plans.

Capt. Henry Brandt of Coastal Expeditions called Safe Harbor a high-integrity business whose investment in the marina to date has been “refreshing.” While Beaufort is a water town, he said, the marina facilities are ill-equipped.

And Mayor Stephen Murray said the marina is in better shape than it’s been in a long time since Safe Harbor took over management.

Safe Harbor, Rogers said, has invested $600,000 in improvements since it assumed operations.

The marina, Councilman Mitch Mitchell said, adds “a sense of real beauty” to the city. His only concern is the impact on the parking, which he noted is in short supply.

Murray supports an expansion of the Marina along what he called the “I-95 of waterways,” but shares concerns about the size of the expansion, jumping from 75 to 181 slips, including its impact on Waterfront Park parking.

Twenty-five parking spots are reserved for the marina now, but the increase in boat slips would require 60 spots, Rogers said.

The city has the ability to reconfigure parking at Waterfront Park to add an additional 70 to 80 spots, said Linda Roper, the city’s director of Downtown Operations and Community Services.

The plans, Murray said, are “not fully cooked,” and additional answers are needed At some point, he said, the City Council will provide direction to the city staff on how to proceed.

The city is responsible for the facilities on the land, Murray said, which he noted need improvements as well.

Safe Harbor should provide more detailed maps or schematics, from a “40,000-foot view,” that better show how the project will sit in the river and affect the views, Councilman Phil Cromer said. Safe Harbor has agreed to provide that information.

Growth in the number and size of boats and demand for places to dock — and replacing aging infrastructure — are the reasons Safe Harbor is pursuing the expansion, Rogers said. Its goal is “to do something significant” in the city’s front door by water.

In November, Safe Harbor Marinas said the improvements would cost $7.5 million but Rogers said the cost had doubled because of the increase in the price of materials due to the pandemic, inflation and the Russia-Ukraine war.

Safe Harbor Marinas has secured a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Boating Infrastructure Grant Program for the work. Safe Harbor Marinas, Rogers said, would bear the rest of the cost.

It will take eight months to a year to get the permits for the work, Rogers said, and another year for construction. Construction will result in a disruption, he said, so it would be completed in two or three phases. During construction, boats would be allowed to use sister facilities Safe Harbor manages, he said.

In South Carolina, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control regulates 71 marinas, which are land-based fueling facilities over or close to water. The Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Natural Resources and Fire Marshall may have regulatory control over marinas as well.

SC reports 16 cases of monkeypox. Here’s how many have been documented in the Lowcountry

South Carolina reported 16 cases of monkeypox as of Friday, according to the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, with five cases located in the Lowcountry, eight in the Midlands and the remaining three Upstate.The department confirmed the state’s first two cases of the virus on July 8.This uptick in cases comes after the World Health Organization declared mon...

South Carolina reported 16 cases of monkeypox as of Friday, according to the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, with five cases located in the Lowcountry, eight in the Midlands and the remaining three Upstate.

The department confirmed the state’s first two cases of the virus on July 8.

This uptick in cases comes after the World Health Organization declared monkeypox a “global health emergency” Saturday, spurring nationwide worry and sudden shifts in states’ prevention efforts.

The U.S. has reported 4,907 cases as of Thursday, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control.

Unlike during the COVID-19 pandemic, DHEC does not plan to release case numbers by county, citing the risk of privacy violations.

Monkeypox (MPV) is a disease caused by the monkeypox virus, which is in the same family as smallpox, although much less severe, according to the Human Rights Campaign. Its name is characterized by the pox-like illness that occurs upon infection, leading to an outbreak of lesions spreading from the face to the rest of the body, including the genital areas.

MPV was first discovered in 1958 in a monkey research facility. The first case of MPV this year was reported on May 7 in the United Kingdom and linked to a person who had traveled from Nigeria, according to the HRC. The current outbreak has known cases in Europe, Africa and the Americas. The first case in the United States was on May 18.

While the temptation to compare the two may be strong, the CDC says monkeypox and COVID-19 are entirely different viruses. Monkeypox does not appear to linger in the air, so it isn’t likely to be spread during short periods of shared space.

The virus primarily spreads through close and direct contact — either with body fluids or sores on the body of someone with monkeypox, or materials that have touched these fluids or sores. While the virus can spread through intimate or sexual contact, monkeypox is not considered a sexually transmitted disease, or STD.

Dr. Jonathan Knoche, a DHEC medical consultant representing the Divisions of Immunization and Acute Disease Epidemiology, said monkeypox should not impede the everyday activities of South Carolinians.

“The risk to the general public is still low,” Knoche said. “Casually passing somebody at the grocery store or a shopping center is not the way this disease is spreading.”

Due to relatively low case numbers and a limited supply of vaccines, DHEC is not yet offering the monkeypox vaccine to the general public. Vaccines are currently available for two groups of people:

? Close contacts of those testing postive for monkeyvirus

? Men who have sex with men, especially those with multiple recent sexual partners

Members of either qualifying group can schedule a vaccine appointment by calling the DHEC Customer Care Line at (855) 472-3432, available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Because the vaccine is only approved for adults, residents must also be over 18 to schedule an appointment.

In Beaufort County, vaccine appointments are currently only available on Wednesdays at the local Beaufort County DHEC office, and must be scheduled in advance.

This story was originally published July 30, 2022 10:28 AM.

SC DNR will conduct courtesy boat inspections during Labor Day weekend

SC DNR will conduct courtesy boat inspections during Labor Day weekend at area boat landingsCOLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– SC DNR wants to keep boaters safe this upcoming Labor Day weekend.South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says its’ Law Enforcement Division will conduct courtesy boat inspections at boat landings around the state on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Sept. 3, 4 and 5.Per SCNDR:Dates and locations are as follows:Darlington Co. — Easterling Landing, Lake Robinson; 10 a.m. un...

SC DNR will conduct courtesy boat inspections during Labor Day weekend at area boat landings

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– SC DNR wants to keep boaters safe this upcoming Labor Day weekend.

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says its’ Law Enforcement Division will conduct courtesy boat inspections at boat landings around the state on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Sept. 3, 4 and 5.

Per SCNDR:

Dates and locations are as follows:

Darlington Co. — Easterling Landing, Lake Robinson; 10 a.m. until noon

Horry Co. — Johnny Causey; 10 a.m. until noon

Lexington Co. — Lake Murray Dam; 10 a.m. until noon

Pickens Co.– 12 Mile Boat Ramp; 10 a.m. until noon

York Co.– Ebenezer Park, Lake Wylie; 10 a.m. until noon

Anderson Co. — River Forks Boat Ramp, Lake Hartwell; 10 a.m. until noon

Beaufort Co. — Grays Hill Boat Landing; 10 a.m. until noon

Charleston Co. — Buck Hall Boat Landing; 10 a.m. until noon

Clarendon Co. — Alex Harvin Boat Landing; 10 a.m. until noon

Fairfield Co.– Wateree State Park, Lake Wateree Murray; 10 a.m. until noon

Charleston Co. — Leeds Avenue; 10 a.m. until noon

Darlington Co. — Easterling Landing, Lake Robinson; 10 a.m. until noon

Laurens Co. — River Fork Boat Landing; 10 a.m. until noon

Lexington Co. — Lake Murray Dam; 10 a.m. until noon

Oconee Co. — South Cove Park, Lake Keowee; 10 a.m. until noon

York Co. — Ebenezer Park, Lake Wylie, 10 a.m. until noon

Information about the state’s public boat ramps and landings, including maps and directions, can be found on the SCDNR website.

The Cast of 'Southern Charm' Took a Trip to the Auldbrass Plantation — Can Anyone Go?

It's nice when the cast of Southern Charm takes their histrionics on a little tour. In Season 8, Episode 9, the gang hops on a party bus and heads to Auldbrass Plantation in Beaufort, S.C., because sometimes you just have to drink and argue in an architecturally stunning environment. There is a lot to unpack in the episode but we're more interested in what we can unpack about the house itself. Can anyone stay at ...

It's nice when the cast of Southern Charm takes their histrionics on a little tour. In Season 8, Episode 9, the gang hops on a party bus and heads to Auldbrass Plantation in Beaufort, S.C., because sometimes you just have to drink and argue in an architecturally stunning environment. There is a lot to unpack in the episode but we're more interested in what we can unpack about the house itself. Can anyone stay at Auldbrass Plantation, and, more importantly, should they?

We regret to inform you that no one can stay at Auldbrass Plantation without special permission. We assume Bravo pulled a few strings for Southern Charm, otherwise access to the property is extremely limited. We called up the fine folks from Open Land Trust who are "South Carolina's first and oldest land trust working to conserve open spaces, natural habitats, and rural communities throughout the Southern Lowcountry," because they are loosely associated with the property, to get some answers.

Every other year Open Land Trust is allowed one weekend to give tours of Auldbrass Plantation as part of a fundraising effort for their organization. Outside of this one weekend, Auldbrass Plantation is owned by famed Hollywood producer Joel Silver who is behind incredible hits like Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, and The Matrix.

According to the town of Beaufort's website, Joel purchased the property in 1987 because he is a "Frank Lloyd Wright aficionado." Did we forget to mention that the house on the property was originally designed by celebrated American architect Frank Lloyd Wright? "Working from Wright’s original plans and enlisting the help of Wright’s grandson, Eric Lloyd Wright, Silver completed the architectural vision for Auldbrass Plantation, thus fulfilling Wright’s and Stevens’ dream and making Auld brass a true architectural treasure," per Beautfort.com.

First, let's get the plantation of it all out of the way. Auldbrass Plantation was never actually used as a plantation, but the property it stands on was. Using a timeline on SouthCarolinaPlantations.com, we can tract the history of Auldbrass Plantation. The land was gifted to a man named Charles Barker in 1736 as part of a royal grant from King George II.

The property changed hands a couple of times, finally ending up with John Deas who "made his home on the property and he probably built a house, however, no records have been found to verify this." Based on an inventory of his estate, we know that rice and indigo was grown there and was most likely tended to by enslaved people. When Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned to build the house in 1940 by a man named C. Leigh Stevens, it was renamed Auldbrass Plantation.

On the one hand, keeping the word "plantation" in the name is a reminder of the property's dark history. It should not be forgotten. On the other, it can be viewed as a nod to the South's own history which can be interpreted as a point of pride. Again, the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed house was never actually a working plantation, so the use of the word seems pointed and strange, though we were told by someone at Open Land Trust that the tour guides have dropped "plantation" entirely from their tours.

Regardless, the house itself is stunning in that classic Wright way. There is a lot of intention to its design, particularly in the angles. The building was constructed from native cypress trees which he calculated grow at an 80 degree angle. Thus, the boards in the house also lay at an 80 degree angle.

The next time the house will be open for tours is 2023, so mark your calendars for the one weekend.

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