Hopsewee Plantation
Hopsewee Plantation
4.5
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Victoria T
    Pawleys Island, South Carolina8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hopseewee, a step back in time
    Wonderful way to spend an afternoon! Dined in the tea room for a wonderful lunch in a beautiful setting and then enjoyed the Hopseewee Plantation tour. Both were leisurely and we learned a lot about the history of the plantation. Excellence all around!
    So very glad you enjoyed! Thank you for your visit and we hope to see you again soon.
    Written June 24, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 17, 2023
  • Mary C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great time visiting Hopsewee..
    Got there a few mins late but they moved us around to have lunch first, The Gullah Tour afterwards and then the house tour. Food was wonderful, we both had the salad plate and a piece of caramel cake. Gullah tour was very good.. Learned a lot from her. And lastly the house tour. Great tour guide, learned about a SC signer of the Declaration who signed in place of his father that was sick. Also learned that the signing was not done all at the same time. They moved it around for security reasons during the war. Also this was once a working plantation. Rice and Indigo were grown here. Santee River is front and center. It was hot outside but the house is air conditioned. 3 floors and a brick cellar. All beautifully restored. Learned a lot.
    We're so very glad you enjoyed the tours and lunch. Thank you for your visit and review, and we hope to see you again soon.
    Written July 8, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Mark G
    Catonsville, Maryland3,276 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Low Country Plantation
    The entrance to Hopsewee is wonderful driving on the hard packed one lane thru the lowland with the Spanish moss draped trees. Finished around 1740, Hopsewee is an outstanding example of a Low Country rice plantation. It's brick foundation, heart of pine floors, black cypress walls and unique hand carved candle molding are all part of its historic charm. Sitting on the banks of the North Santee River the original 500 acres was one of the largest rice and indigo plantations in the country. By 1850 they were producing over 560,000 pounds of rice in the island fields between the North and South Santee Rivers. The Lynch family was one of the most prominent in the country and sadly due to Thomas Sr's sudden death Thomas Jr was elevated to the Continental Congress and signed the Declaration of Independence in his father's place. Battling his own health problems, Thomas Jr left for France in 1779 via the West Indies but was lost at sea. The fortunate thing for Hopsewee is there have only been 5 owners in its nearly 300 year existence and the last two the Maynard's and the current owner's the Beattie's understand the importance of stewardship with one of the most important pieces of our American history.
    We're so very glad you enjoyed! Thank you for your visit and we hope to see you again in the future.
    Written July 8, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 7, 2023
  • CJones822
    Knoxville, Tennessee1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Back in Time
    The Hopsewee Plantation carries a beautiful energy of time gone by and yet is very well equipped for today. The plantation home is kept in a stately manner and the grounds are very well manicured. The Gullah Geechee presentation is very informative with Glander Pressley and the tea is lovely. The ghost tour has some fun facts and information about the area. The service staff was amazing and very accommodating. Julie greeted us in the gift shop and was delightful. Elizabeth was our guide for the house and ghost tour and was amazing and full of information. I highly recommend checking out this beautiful plantation.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 14, 2023
  • lindahK8742SC
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Always a good visit
    We enjoyed our lunch at Hopsewee and the bonus was being able to watch the indigo dying class taking place just outside the window we were seated next. We will definitely come back to do the glass. Only negative thing was the wait staff trying hurrying us through lunch - an we did not linger. One of our plates was taken away prematurely and we were able to catch the server before it was too late to get the take out container we needed.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 17, 2023
  • Sue H
    Pawleys Island, South Carolina21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding afternoon
    Following our 5 start lunch, including the delicious Ambrosia Mimosa, in the Tea Room with excellent service by Hannah we proceeded to hear the very interesting presentation regarding the Gullah Culture by Vinnie and then on to a great tour of the house by Docent Elizabeth. What a wonderful afternoon for my out of state guest. Next time I have company we will be visiting.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Sandra D
    Chapin, South Carolina6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must Not Miss!
    This was my second time touring the plantation house this summer. I took my college aged granddaughter earlier this week and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. The house is beautiful, but the tour guide, Yancey McLeod, brings it to life. Visitors could miss so much without the detail and the stories he has to tell. We also had tea and a mimosa in the beautiful tea room. This is a “must” stop if you’re anywhere within an hour or two. I plan to go a third time with friends in the fall.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 5, 2023
  • quavo1955
    Florence, South Carolina1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Special Treat
    Having lunch in the beautiful surroundings at Hopsewee takes you back in time. The food is delicious and the staff are welcoming. Make sure to purchase their cookbook before you leave, this way you can take a little bit of Hopsewee home until you can visit again.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Karen M
    Charleston, South Carolina1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A trip down memory lane!
    Thank you Raejean for a beautiful rainy day excursion from Charleston. My mom and I truly enjoyed every moment reliving our Southern roots and history to boot! The food, tea, cocktails and hospitality were a trip down memory lane. G-d bless you, one and all! Karen McDaniel - Charleston Tour Guide
    We're so glad you enjoyed -- it was lovely to have you visit! Thank you so much for your review.
    Written August 10, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 8, 2023
  • SteveBressi
    The Villages, Florida994 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Half-Day
    We took the Guided Historical Landmark Tour and the Gullah Geechee Presentation. The house tour was worth it and interesting. However, I especially liked the Gullah Geechee Presentation. I found it to be extremely educational about the history of the area and the Gullah roots and culture. After the tours, we enjoyed a fine lunch at the Hopseewee River Oak Cottage. We were there from about noon to 3:30 PM.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 16, 2023
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Frances S
Mount Pleasant, SC1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
I enjoyed touring this plantation even though I live about an hour away. I have toured all the big Charleston plantations, and this one is much more "manageable". The docent who conducted the tour was very good. We booked a lunch in the Tea Room. However, staff were not as organized or prepared as they should have been. Staff kept apologizing because "they weren't supposed to be open Dec.30 ".(why then did they sell me a ticket on-line the week before?). I was a bit surprised to peek into the living quarters of the current owners (did I really need to see the owner's CPAP machine on the bedside table?). I'm hoping all these criticisms were an aberration; that I just came at an inconvenient time.
Written January 8, 2020
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ceeceelee2021
Myrtle Beach, SC1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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cgorri
Madison, WI1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Todd Vondrasek
Grand Blanc, MI1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We visited this plantation on Tuesday 2/20/2024. We arrived too late for a full tour, but they agreed we could do the Gullah presentation and tour for us anyway. They advertised that this tour was 1 hour 45 minutes based on a flyer describing tour options at the front desk. By the time the tip was added the cost was $48.

We waited for about 15 minutes in the designated area for the presenter to come get us for the tour to begin. When we inquired at the front desk about when to expect the tour guide to get us, we were informed that the presentation had already started and we were directed to the museum. Once there we heard a talk for maybe 20 minutes. Based on what we saw, the talk was informative, and the young lady seemed very nice, but she skimmed over what the presentation was supposed to cover based on the website description. I think there was more information presented on rice and how good it is, versus the contributions made by the slave trade and their importance in history. After the presentation, the guide then stated she would give us some time to go through the museum and then left to get something from the kitchen.

Next thing we knew the rest of the patrons had left the museum and we could not locate the guide. Initially, we thought that we hadn’t heard her tell us where to meet for the rest of the tour which was supposed to include the slave quarters. Turns out that that was the end of our time with the guide. It was so strange. We went back to the tearoom to ask what was going on and were told that the flyer they had posted in their business no longer applied to what they were currently offering and promptly took the flyer down.

When we returned home, we did a little research about their business and found that the terms of their tours/presentations had changed from what they were continuing to advertise at their front desk. Based on the information on their website, we were overcharged by $10 (not including tip) for that particular presentation.

We did not receive the full service we paid for as the tour was sold to us based on what was advertised on the flyer at the desk. We had repeatedly pointed to the specific tour on the flyer when purchasing the tickets, so they knew exactly what we were expecting to get for our money. Overall, we left very disappointed and felt we were taken advantage of.
Written February 26, 2024
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Alan S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Kelsey W
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I first fell in love with Hopsewee when we attended their halloween-focused tours in October 2021. We were able to hear about local stories as well as tour the grounds and the lower level of the beautiful house. I have been back 2 additional times since then to enjoy their tearoom! The high tea was delightful. The most recent time I went back, we tried the regular menu for lunch and the low country sampler is a MUST have if you want to try a little bit of everything. Service has always been topnotch, and you can't beat the scenery. Go during sunset and watch it over the North Santee River--you won't regret it! Don't forget to say hi to some of the local kitties hanging around.
Written October 16, 2022
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Rachel
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
Disappointed with the tour guide in the house. She portrayed the founding fathers as possible “drunks” and appeared to be using the tour as a platform to insert her views as true history. Reminds me of a proponent of the 1619 project.
Written June 8, 2021
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kpshe1
Danvers, MA1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We had to wait for someone to greet us and the person was not friendly and imo should not deal with the public. There were two people who entered after us who were addressed first and they indicated we were there first. She had issues locating our name on the reservation list. She said follow me which we did and once in the tea room she turned around and said I wasn’t talking to you. Evidently she meant the people who were seated in the area before the tea room entrance. They didn’t follow so obviously didn’t realize she was speaking to them. We found our table and sat down. Our waitstaff was friendly and helpful and the meal was tasty. We walked the grounds a bit before the class and it was a lovely day for a stroll. The class imo was too large, 13 of us. Miss Vera did a great job having to deal with so many of us but there was more down time waiting for her to provide support because of the class size which is why the class time was 3 hours. I would recommend as it was a nice outing with an old and new friend, just set proper expectations.
Written April 6, 2023
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Thank you so much for your visit and your review! I'm sorry to hear that the class size limited your interaction with Miss Vera but I'm so glad you had a good experience with Miss Vera – I'll pass that on to her. I'm also sorry to hear that you found the service didn't meet expectations. We do strive for excellent customer service, so thank you for bring it to our attention for the future.
Written April 30, 2023
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Ellen P
Killingly, CT5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
I had an enjoyable time at Hopsewee Plantation. My tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. I learned a lot about the plantation, but also about US history. I also had the Gullah tour. While it wasn’t really a “tour,” our guide taught us all about the lives of slaves back in the mid 1800s. She, too was very knowledgeable. I also had a sweetgrass making class with Vera. This was a fun way spend an afternoon! Vera explained about the history of the Gullah people, sweetgrass basket making, and she helped us create amazing baskets!
Written July 3, 2021
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McDonald
NYC9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
I am no stranger to house tours throughout the South. Most are good, but few are great. Hopsewee is one of them....our Tour Guide was thoroughly knowledgeable in all aspects of the House, from architecture to Occupant history, including a Signer of the Declaration of Independence. What was most fascinating was her in-depth knowledge of what was happening outside of the house through the years: from the Continental Congress, Acts of Treason and Revolutionary War,

What made this even more special was the entertaining and engaging way in which She delivered all of her stories. It was time and. money very well spent.
Written July 24, 2021
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