Visited Hopsewee (hop’-suh-wee) to meet some friends from Georgetown area and have lunch. It is now a National Historic Landmark, dates from 1735, and was the birthplace of Thomas Lynch, Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and is an fine example of a low country rice plantation.
It is located on the northern bank of the North Santee river just south of Charleston off US17; GPS coordinates are 33°12′38″N, 79°23′5″W. Driving south on US17 the entrance is just around a bend in the road and which slightly obscures the somewhat small-medium sized sign that comes up fast. The entrance is a one-lane, mostly one-way sandy drive and if you miss it you have to go south, over the river, make a U-turn and come back. From the south, cross the N. Santee and immediately make a left at the median cross-over. Parking is about ¼ mile off the road down a very scenic drive under live oak trees with hanging Spanish moss. Exit by continuing in a CCW direction back to the highway entrance.
We did not take the tour but did walk around the pleasant and scenic grounds. The restaurant is in a separate, newer building. Our party had the Blue Cheese Spinach Quiche, Shrimp and Grits, and Turkey and Brie Sandwich; all of which were very good. Teas we had were House Blend, Peach, and Blackcurrent. I tasted the peach and blackcurrent and personally thought the flavors were a bit “thin” when compared to the base fruit flavor. Desserts are always made on the premises and the chocolate caramel cake was fantastic.
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