Woodlands - Fall 2017 - 27

Learning about forest management: Vice-chair of
Center Board, Mac Rhodes, tours landowners and
talks about his forestland with the help of SC Forestry
Association and Tree Farm Program experts.

THE CENTER FOR HEIRS'
PROPERTY PRESERVATION
WAS ONE OF THE
ORGANIZATIONS CHOSEN
FOR THE PILOT OF THE
SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY AND
AFRICAN-AMERICAN LAND
RETENTION PROGRAM.

heir can sell his or her own share, which can result in a
forced sale of the land in the courts to owners outside
the family.
"And when my mother passed away, I tried to get the
families together to explain to them the advantages of
getting a clear title to the land. To say that we should
retain the services of an attorney. And of course
everyone didn't see the value added."
Hamilton continued working for the Department
of Defense at a nearby Marine base, as a geographic
information systems (GIS) manager. As part of an
executive training program, he volunteered at the Center
for Heirs' Property Preservation, using his GIS skills, but
didn't make another attempt to sort out his own land
issues until 2007.
His family didn't meet the financial threshold for
assistance from the Center, but they pitched in to hire
an attorney to settle the title on the land. "I did research
from 2007 to 2010 with old documents my mother had,
an old Bible, and the great information I had from talking
with the lead attorney at the Center, Josh Walden. I was
able to construct a family tree and took maybe three
inches of information to the attorney. She said, 'This is
the most thorough piece of work I've ever seen.'"
"We were able to get clear title. The final outcome
was we partitioned the land. My brother said, 'You did
the work. You should get the lion's share.' So I acquired
10.2 acres and I ensured that everyone else received
more than five acres, which would qualify as a mini farm

Joe Hamilton honored his parents, Steve and Sally Hamilton, by naming his
land "SS Hamilton Farms".

The old homestead at what is now SS Hamilton Farms.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Woodlands - Fall 2017

Overstory
Tools and Resources
Forests and Families
A Legacy to Keep
From Forests to Fermentation
Feathering a Forested Nest
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - intro
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - cover1
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - cover2
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - 3
Woodlands - Fall 2017 - Overstory
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Woodlands - Fall 2017 - Tools and Resources
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Woodlands - Fall 2017 - Forests and Families
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Woodlands - Fall 2017 - A Legacy to Keep
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Woodlands - Fall 2017 - From Forests to Fermentation
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Woodlands - Fall 2017 - Feathering a Forested Nest
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