Hopsewee Plantation

Hopsewee Plantation, Georgetown: Hours, Address, Hopsewee Plantation Reviews: 4.5/5

Hopsewee Plantation
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Hopsewee Plantation is an original lowcountry rice plantation on the North Santee Rive built between 1735 and 1740. Birthplace of Thomas Lynch Jr., Hopsewee is one of just 12 remaining birthplaces of Signers of the Declaration of Independence. The home has not been modified from its original design and is furnished with 18th and 19th century antiques. Two original slave cabins remain on the property. The guided tour explores the history of the Patriots and Planters who lived at Hopsewee while you explore the architectural features of the house from Attic to Cellar. Enjoy the hour long tour or just come for lunch in The River Oak Cottage Tearoom with Lowcountry favorites such as Shrimp and Grits, Pulled Pork, Soups and Sandwiches and our Southern Tea service modeled after a British Afternoon Tea.
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Alan S
2 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Our vacation at Litchfield Beach was made even better by our visit to Hopsewee Plantation, which is a short, 30-minute drive from the Hammock Coast beaches. We are so glad that we decided to take in a little history while here (as hard as it is to leave the beach!). Julie at the Hammock Coast Visitors Center recommended Hopsewee, and we are so glad we listened! We found the staff at Hopsewee to be engaging and friendly. Elizabeth gave a great tour of the main home. She clearly knows her history, and she was able to answer lots of questions that people threw at her. Miss Vera gave a great sweetbasket demonstration, and the kids loved it. It's a skill she learned from her family, handed down from generation to generation. There was also a very informative presentation made inside one of the former slave cabins by a Gullah interpreter. She was amazing, and we all just loved her Gullah dialect. Children came away from it with a new appreciation of history. And that was the great thing about Hopsewee -- an American history tour that didn't shy away from presenting the whole story. Beyond the history, we do have to recommend lunch at the River Oak Cottage Tea Room. It was delicious! And our table overlooked the grounds where giant oak trees with Spanish moss gave a beautiful view. We are so glad we took part of our day to visit Hopsewee!
Written June 26, 2022
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Jayne M
Murrells Inlet, SC12 contributions
Nov 2021
My husband and I took a friend who was visiting to Hopsewee Plantation on a beautiful fall morning. None of us had ever been before. We began our visit with the tour of the plantation house. Elizabeth was our guide and she did a wonderful job of taking us through the plantation and discussing many features and providing historical information. She was very knowledgeable, able to answer all questions with ease. After the tour we went to lunch at the River Oak Cottage Tea Room. Instead of having tea, we ordered off the menu and had a very nice lunch. Jonah our server was very nice and also very helpful in answering our questions about the menu. My husband had okra pancakes, suggested by Jonah, as part of his meal and absolutely loved them. We had time after lunch before our next tour, so we explored the property, visiting one of the two homes for the enslaved house workers. In one there was a video looping to talk about the plantation. Then it was on to the Gullah Tour. Zenobia Harper was the guide and she was incredible. We all learned so much and left with much to think about. The three of us were the only ones who had signed up for that time slot, but Zenobia was very gracious, given that she had such a small group of people. She is an elegant, but down to earth, lady with much to share about the Gullah community. I plan to go back with friends sometime to try the tea. I can’t say enough about the beauty of the plantation, located on the Santee River. Although they have very big mosquitoes, even in November, the staff has plenty of bug spray to share. Everyone on the staff was incredibly welcoming and kind.
Written November 4, 2021
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Juno Beach4 contributions
Nov 2021
On what was a rainy, dreary day in Myrtle beach, we booked what was to be the bright, shining experience of our visit: the attic to cellar tour of the Hopsewee Plantation tour, in Georgetown, SC. Jonah welcomed us out of the rain into this cozy, magnificently maintained home, providing an in depth review of the history surrounding the plantation as well as sharing insights about the era in general. His passion for and understanding of this period in history brought it all to life and we look forward to visiting again when the future plans for this historical venue are realized. Also, take the Gullah tour, which features captivating stories about the hard working people who lived and worked at the successful plantation. The four of us crowned our visit with a delightful lunch in the open and airy Tea Room. The rain couldn't drown out the roaring fireplace in the sitting area and the marvelous low country meal in the cottage provided a perfect ending to our memorable plantation visit. Kudos to all the management and staff, for this special experience!
Written November 12, 2021
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Madison, WI1 contribution
Jun 2022
We went to the tea service here, and had very high hopes based on all of the reviews we read. We traveled about an hour, and the grounds were beautiful. The facilities and attention to detail was excellent, but truly the tea service fell short. It started strong, but slowly decreased in quality. Our scones were raw, and when we raised this concern we were sent out new ones. This was very gracious, but considering how they were fresh baked (took about 20 minutes for them to come out) the second round of scones were still raw and inedible. The tea itself was excellent, but finally the desserts were disappointing at best. I have truthfully had better deserts defrosted from Trader Joe’s, and they lacked anything special. Very very beautiful place, but I would not return and likely would not recommend this. Additionally, the tea service was extremely long. We expected to be there 75 minutes as indicated on the website and reservation, and it ended up being well over two hours. This is partially due to the scones being undercooked, but still was very very slow, seemingly unnecessarily.
Written June 16, 2022
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Peru, IN1,681 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
What a delightful (and thought provoking) way to spend a 1/2 day; exploring the plantation home & grounds, followed by a Tea Service at the River Oak Cottage Tea room.
Exploring the home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence was interesting, informative and a step-back in time. Our guide was knowledgeable, and responsive to all our questions; and the home's restoration and artifacts were fascinating.
(Walking the grounds and examining the slave quarters definitely brought to mind the complexity of the era's lofty ideals of freedom for some, and the denial of the same to others.)
The Tea Service at the Tea Room was a real treat.
The bustling facility is light and open; with a comfortable luncheon/tea room ambiance.
The savories, scones, sweets and multiple pots of tea were delicious, elegant and flavorful; we especially enjoyed the vanilla bourbon blend (with honey & milk), purchasing a couple ounces of the tea leaves for later brewing. We also added hummingbird & coconut cake to our take-out goodies; both of which were wonderfully indulgent.
The best part of the whole experience was the staff. Everyone was welcoming, friendly, accommodating and responsive.
This was one of the most enjoyable (and meaningful) experiences we had, during our 4 week Myrtle Beach stay.
Written February 28, 2022
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Murrells Inlet, SC1 contribution
Jun 2021 • Family
Hopsewee Plantation is a 'must attend' on your itinerary, both for those who are visiting the Grand Strand area of SC as well as those who live in the area. A comprehensive tour of the house provides you with an idea of what it was like on a rice plantation, and the grounds are open for walking. The restaurant serves fabulous food and the gift shop has a variety of items for sale. You won't be disappointed!
Written July 27, 2021
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Myrtle Beach, SC1 contribution
Oct 2021
Fabulous outing! Some of us took the House Tour. The Docent was an excellent Historian and engaging storyteller. I highly recommend taking this tour to hear about not only the Hopsewee Plantation history but also the link to the signing of The Declaration of Independence. All of us gathered for lunch in the Tea House for traditional “Low Country” Southern foods. Excellent … take time for the Tea House!
Written October 30, 2021
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32 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
The best part of the tour was the slave cabin because there was a young guy that was working on the cabin that was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining at the same time.

The house tour was okay but boring. So much depends on the guide and their enthusiasm. We were disappointed.
Written March 31, 2022
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Alison W
DeWitt, MI25 contributions
Mar 2022
My family had our own private tour of the plantation house learning about the old rice plantation and the history of the past owners. Since we're not huge on history, it wasn't really our cup of tea, but it was quiet and away from the bustle of Charleston. My kids loved the cat who followed them around for a while outside, but were a bit bored with the history lesson. Photos are not allowed in the house itself, which was unfortunate given some of the cool features of the house such as the melting candle accents on several of the rooms' moldings. Given the huge crowds heading to other plantations in the area, this was definitely a breath of fresh air to explore.
Written April 6, 2022
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Darrell K
Burlington, NC3 contributions
Nov 2021
I was a little disappointed. The food was good but the service was extremely slow and our plates for the table came out in very different times which made some plates cold by the time everyone was served. My water glass was rarely filled. The most disappointing was my dessert. I had ordered hummingbird cake and the piece I received was very small with the entire bottom portion missing. The cake was very good but I felt it was not a value for the price. I probably would not return.
Written November 19, 2021
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