Foundation member leads a tour
Foundation member leads a tour

LeConte-Woodmanston Foundation

The LeConte-Woodmanston Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Its mission is to preserve the rich historic, ecological and scientific heritage of the LeConte-Woodmanston Plantation, and to provide a public educational and interpretive program. 

The preservation project began in the 1970's through the foresight of a few local citizens who recognized that unless action was taken, the site would become just another timber tract. This group acquired 63.8 of the original 3,300 acres. The acquisition was made possible by The Brunswick Pulp and Paper Co. donating its lease and option equities in the tract while the heirs of the estate of the late Mr. C.B. Jones conveyed ownership of the land. The Liberty County Historical Society helped secure registration of the site on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and a few years later the LeConte-Woodmanston Foundation was established and given title to the property.

Since then the foundation's goal has been to create a site where people can learn about the scientific contributions of the LeContes and the lives they and those enslaved on the plantation lived while at the same time allowing naturalists, gardeners and others with similar interests a place to work, study and enjoy the quiet solitude.

Much can be said about the sincere devotion, great effort, and time expended by past foundation members to accomplish this mission. It has truly been a "labor of love" for many and the site would not be what it is today without them.

Current members of the foundation and board of directors continue to endeavor to make LeConte-Woodmanston the best it can be. Keep an eye on the "News" page for details concerning our exciting future plans and for updates on our progress.

Foundation members conduct group tours of the site. If your group is interested in a tour, please call ahead. You'll find all the information you need on the "Contact Us" page.