Tahlequah is arguably the finest estate in the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Situated along the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Byway in the fascinating “Dark Corner” region of the mountains of northern Greenville County, the historical significance of the property is matched only by its natural beauty. The Cherokee meaning of Tahlequah, “beautiful haven of rest,” is a befitting name for this 225+/- acre retreat which consists of 10+/- acres of rolling pastures, a 2+/- acre spring fed pond, and over 2 miles of creeks and streams including 1+/- mile of the pristine Glassy Mountain Tributary that serves as an extraordinary natural water source. The bulk of the acreage consists of thirty year old natural hardwoods with some pines scattered throughout that stretch from the Scenic Highway to a maximum elevation of 1,650’ offering stunning views of the gorgeous rolling hills and mountains of Southern Appalachia.
The uniqueness of Tahlequah’s location is quite remarkable. Day trips into Greenville (30 minutes), Asheville (1 hour), & Charlotte (1 hour 40 minutes) are quite convenient and the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport is just over 20 miles away. The property also backs up to two excellent local amenities. The first is The Cliffs at Glassy, a mountain-top luxury community that boasts the 4th most scenic golf course in the nation and is one of seven Cliffs Communities in the region. The second is The Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve which is a 2,190 acre Wlidlife Management Area (WMA) that offers a 5.5 mile public hiking trail and hunting opportunities. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of Tahlequah’s location is its close proximity to an international equestrian center located just a few miles away.
The owner of Tahlequah had a vision when the property was purchased in 1986 and the end result is a crown jewel of Upstate South Carolina. The pastures were strategically implemented along the entire 2,860+/- feet of Scenic Highway frontage and have been completely fenced in with some areas of cross-fencing and a buffer along the road frontage as well. A splendid, custom built three stall horse barn complete with an enclosed tack room was constructed at a back corner of the pasture and is situated 600+/- feet off the road overlooking an incredibly scenic, day-lighted section of the tributary.
From the double stone column gated entrance, a paved driveway meanders for one-half of a mile up the mountain climbing over 350 feet in elevation to the exquisite 5,200 square foot plantation style estate. The floor plan of the four bedroom/four bath home was meticulously designed and includes a grand entrance flanked on either side by a large dining room and living area, twelve foot ceilings with
marvelous crown molding, a master suite that connects directly to an inviting outdoor pool area, and a home office that resembles a figment of imagination from a Grisham novel.
Outside, the well-manicured landscaping surrounding the home vastly enhances the aesthetic quality of the estate. The splendor of the flora incorporated into the grounds creates a regal scene which perfectly complements the façade, columns, and outdoor spaces.
Wildlife & Recreation:
For the last thirty years the property has served as a wildlife sanctuary. In addition to the habitat diversity, which allows many different species to thrive, the property is adjacent to over 22,000 acres of protected land that reaches the North Carolina state line. Describing the native wildlife populations on Tahlequah as “healthy” would be a drastic understatement. Herds of whitetails and flocks of eastern turkeys are just a couple of species that are daily visitors to the pastures and water sources.
Tahlequah is also located in the heart of a nationally recognized equestrian community and was most recently operated as a high-end equestrian property. Just minutes away, the quaint city of Landrum, SC and the town of Tryon, NC are home to the Annual Blockhouse Steeplechase and the Tryon International Equestrian Center. The infrastructure of the equestrian operation at Tahlequah is kept in excellent condition and several miles of riding trails traverse the property presenting an opportunity to take in the beauty of the land on horseback.
The Old Cherokee Road was one of the most significant trading and migration routes in America. Thus, the opportunity to sit right on this scenic byway is truly once in a lifetime and reflective of a grand bygone era. Much as the Cherokees and their clans would have known it, Tahlequah is a step back in tranquility in a world apart from modern travails of worry and modern encroachments. Just plowing or exploring the plentiful pastures can unearth treasures of the past including pottery shards, authentic arrow heads, and centuries old artifacts from bygone history. Hiking one's own property after a brisk summer rain may reveal earthly treasures far more valuable than shells from the coast. The earth houses great treasures and Tahlequah was at the forefront of living, trading and migration history for centuries. The true Native Americans called it home by right and heritage and later, by Treaty. The fur traders called it full of untold riches, the settlers called it the promised land. The moon shiners called it off limits. The few mountain folk called it home. Today, it is called undeveloped, unspoiled and rare. A centuries old trading post sat for years on this property, benefiting from its location on this trading pathway. Footsteps of history resonate in this special place and spirits of bygone souls can be pictured in one's mind and collected historic writings. Life is never dull in the Dark Corner and never static in this living, constantly evolving history. To call it tranquil, is a gross understatement. To call it perfect, is more like it. God never created a finer palette, now looking for the right caretakers of this historic, captivating way of life, so rare in the impersonal, generic world of today.
Tahlequah. A world apart.