Oakland Plantation is a beautiful property off Porchers Bluff Road between Highway 17 North and Rifle Range Road that has been owned by the Gregorie family for more than a century. East Cooper Land Trust is hosting its Eighth annual Race & Roast event there on Sunday, March 17, St. Patrick’s Day. Because the property is privately owned, it is a unique opportunity for the public to see this historic property.

All-inclusive tickets to Race & Roast include music by Green Levels, all-you-can-eat oysters and other food by Charleston Outdoor Catering, locally-brewed Tradesman Brewing Co. beer, hay rides with a history guide, guided nature walk kid activities and more. Runners can come early for a 5K Trail Run that starts at 12:30 pm. The run will begin and finish under the avenue of oaks that line the main drive and will wind through the forest.

Funds raised from this event support the local land conservation efforts of East Cooper Land Trust, a non-profit, non-political organization working to conserve urban, suburban and rural parcels of land and connect people to nature via green spaces and trails. 132 acres of Oakland Plantation was permanently conserved by East Cooper Land Trust in 2009. The plantation house, which may date to the 1730s, is thought to be the oldest in Mount Pleasant. The plantation was originally called Youghall but was changed in 1850 to Oakland under the ownership of the Barksdale family because of the majestic cathedral type of oak avenue leading to the house.

For more information about Race & Roast or East Cooper Land Trust visit eastcooperland.org or call 843-224-1849.