A Little History

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From 1700s Land Grant to 2020 and a community of Maintained Homes

It is our understanding that this 12 acres was the last parcel of what was originally part of an 800 acre Land Grant given by the federal government to the Featherston family in the early 1700’s. The land was later subdivided but remained in the Featherston family until parts of it were sold in the mid to late 1900’s to builders and developers as Lexington expanded the Urban service area out in the county. The Featherston’s hunted, farmed and lived on the land for over 200 years.
Warren and Betty Featherston became occupants in a long line of heirs on the property. In a recent telephone call with Mr. Featherston now in South Carolina confirmed much of the storied history of the property. He knew of two relatives that were actually killed by Indians after they settled there.
More recently in the late 1950’s or early 60’s accomplished builder, Les Versaw built the Featherston’s a home on the property where they lived for 60+ years. Warren worked as the one of the early principals of the newly built Tates Creek High School and Betty worked as a teacher in the Fayette County School system.

After many years of enjoyment the Featherstons decided to sell the property to Cy Dicken Jr. Cy contacted his friends Steve Heller and John Atchison about developing the property and ultimately sold them the property on August 24th 2017 to do just that. As fate would have it and much to the delight of the Featherston’s former Tate’s Creek students Steve Heller, Jennifer Harbett Heller and John Atchison bought the property and went to work designing a high quality maintained community of homes. Atchison Heller has built a reputation designing and building Unique maintained communities and that is what they are doing here. They worked very hard to preserve and enhance some of the unique features of the property.

The original home place, which had been extremely well built was updated with energy features and technology that are cutting edge in today’s new home environment. The original Featherston homeplace now serves as the communities design and sales center. It will be sold to some fortunate family to call home as the community builds out.

The other remaining 40 home sites are planned to take advantage of the properties unique topography, trees and aquatic features. Half of the homes back up to a stream that makes for a private, unique and sought after amenity. The original barn which was built by Amish carpenters 150 years prior. More recently used by the Featherston’s to board horses for years was disassembled piece by piece to preserve the barn siding and wood pegged beams. The plan is to use as features in the new homes to be built on the property. A beam from the barn went back in the patio fireplace during the remodel of the original homeplace.