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Why is underbrush being cleared on property along N.C. 133 near Orton Plantation?

Andrew Dunn

The long-leaf pine trees around Orton Plantation are being thinned to help the remaining trees thrive, said David Sprunt, general manager of the plantation, in an e-mail.

Sprunt also confirmed that signs directing visitors to Orton Plantation have been taken down. He said there is no time-table for the plantation re-opening because “the renovation hasn’t even started.”

The plantation has been closed to visitors since June 1, 2010, when Louis Moore Bacon bought the historic plantation house and gardens from the Laurence Sprunt family that has owned the Brunswick County landmark since 1884. Bacon is a descendant of the family that built the historic property.

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