Take a Trip Back in Time at Hopsewee Plantation
In only a 30-minute drive from downtown Myrtle Beach, you can journey three centuries back in time at the historic Hopsewee Plantation. This national landmark pre-dates the United States and gives visitors a first-hand look at colonial America on a South Carolina rice plantation.
Visitors know they have arrived somewhere special as they enter the grounds amid ancient, twisted live oaks draped with Spanish moss and colorful gardens. The Hopsewee Plantation house, constructed 40 years before the start of the Revolutionary War, is more preservation than restoration of an 18th century plantation home on the South Carolina coast.
Because the house has been continuously occupied over the years to this day and has only been owned by five different families during its rich history, Hopsewee remains largely it did centuries ago and has never fallen into decay. The Lynch, Hume, and Lucas families operated it as a rice plantation for over 150 years.
Although modern conveniences have been added and the furnishings are more current, Hopsewee still stands on its original brick foundation and remains framed by the same black cypress wood of other plantation homes of the era and area. A lovely staircase and hand-carved molding attest to the outstanding craftsmanship.
Guests can take a guided tour of the home from the attic to the cellar, learning about the history of the house and its occupants throughout the centuries. Visitors can take a stroll through the old rice fields and on the trails that run by the river for scenic views of Lowcountry wetlands and wildlife.
Guests also can take part in basket-weaving using native sweetgrass, a craft still practiced from the Gullah culture. Be sure to visit the River Oak Cottage Tea Room, where a variety of Lowcountry soups, salads, sandwiches, entrees and desserts are served while others simply enjoy a cup of tea in a lovely setting.
Hopsewee Plantation is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission for adults is $17.50, ages 12-17 for $10.50, and children 5–11 for $7.50. Reservations are recommended and tours are available by appointment only in December and January. For more information or to make a reservation, call 800-979-3370 or visit http://www.hopsewee.com