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Emily Ravenel Farrow Estate Auction to Benefit Lowcountry Open Land Trust and Historic Charleston Foundation

Rare South Carolina books, most of which are signed and dated.

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The enduring wish of one of Charleston’s great preservationists — the late Emily Ravenel Farrow — became a reality September 2011 when her beloved Ashem Farm was transferred from the Lowcountry Open Land Trust to the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission to become a public park. At this time, the objects designated by Mrs. Farrow for local museums were transferred to those organizations. Always working toward the benefit of others, she even had a plan for the myriad items in her residual estate that were not slated for an archive or museum collection. Mrs. Farrow bequeathed these items to the Lowcountry Open Land Trust and Historic Charleston Foundation, with the intention that the remaining belongings should be sold to support the conservation and preservation mission of both organizations.Mrs. Farrow lived on this 55-acre farm in West Ashley, and from 1947 to 1984, she and her family also resided in downtown Charleston at the historic William Gibbes House. Thanks to Mrs. Farrow’s insightful regard for conservation and preservation, both Ashem and the William Gibbes House are protected by conservation easements held by Historic Charleston Foundation. The items to be auctioned — including books, furniture, ceramics, metalwork, household wares and farm tools — were collected, used, and admired by Mrs. Farrow and her husband, Ashby.

AUCTION DATE: Saturday, April 21 10:00 a.m.
On-Site Auction of the Emily Ravenel Farrow (1915-2011) Estate to benefit the Lowcountry Open Land Trust and Historic Charleston Foundation
Objects for sale include, antiques, furniture, collectibles and more.

Preview and pre-registration: Friday, April 20 from 12 – 5 p.m.
Preview and pre-registration: Saturday, April 21 from 8 -10 a.m.
Registration and live auction begins Saturday, April 21 at 10:00 a.m.
*Absentee and telephone bids will be taken for designated items. Absentee bidders must register in advance at the preview or with Seymour Auctions.

AUCTION LOCATION: 7555 Palmetto Commerce Parkway, North Charleston, SC 29420           

More Info: To learn more about the auction, visit On the website you can find photos of items for sale.

For all inquiries regarding the sale items, contact Fred Skipper, (843) 554-5005.
*Accepting cash, checks, and Visa and MasterCard.
*We encourage you to take your items the day of sale. Pickup takes place on the day of the sale and on Sunday 10 – 4 p.m. Unless prior arrangements are made, all items must be removed by 4 p.m. Sunday.