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by | October 28, 2016 5:00 pm

Last Updated: October 26, 2016 at 1:34 pm

Deux Cheneaux Plantation, home to Susan and Allen Bell, near Ritter on the Green Pond Highway lost several trees to Hurricane Matthew.  All structures suvived intact except one equipment shed, whose roof sported a large tree limb.  The couple were without power for seven days.
While they are thankful for their blessings, unfortunately the plantation lost “an icon of Deux Cheneaux,” according to their grandson, Tyler Johnson.
A gigantic cherry bark red oak beside the main house on the edge of the swamp fell right in front of Susan Bell’s eyes approximately 6 a.m. Saturday morning as Matthew was coming by the coast.
She said that it slowly just tipped over, taking the entire root system with it.
Allen said he estimated the oak was 500 years old.  He said 4-5 people could hold hands around its trunk and the tree was around 120 feet tall.
The Bells said that they wished that old cherry bark red oak could talk … the stories that tree could tell, as Deux Cheneaux is part of the original Beech Hill Plantation which has been around for six generations.
On a large limb, the tree held a swing, given to the Bells’ youngest daughter, Lori, in 2002.  Since then, all of their children and grandchildren have spent time playing on the swing, having pictures taken and even getting married under its canopy.
Susan said, “I had always hoped that tree would outlive me and Allen.”
“The fallen tree has changed the entire landscape of the place,” Allen said.
After Matthew passed Allen, his son Chris and son-in-law Chad immediately got to work to clean the top limbs away so that they could get their cars out … the branches covered the carport area.  “What was the yard, quickly looked like a forest,” said Susan.
The Bells originally purchased Deux Cheneaux in 1988 and became permanent residents of Colleton County in 1998.
The Bells said, “We are thankful for our many blessings and our hearts go out to all of those who lost so much more during the storm.”

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