Myrtle Beach has its own unique history with landmarks dating back the better part of a century. But for history buffs in search of something a little more historic, Georgetown’s Hopsewee Plantation is waiting about an hour’s drive south of Myrtle Beach.
Built in 1735, and the place of birth to Thomas Lynch, Jr., who signed the Declaration of Independence, Hopsewee Plantation is an historic getaway like no other in the area. Visitors can enjoy a relaxing step back in time at the brick and black cypress house that stands more or less the same way it did in the 18th century – preserved, but never restored. Seated on the banks of the Santee River, visitors can also walk through the moss-covered oaks and watch as the water flows downstream, a tranquil experience if there ever was one.
Guests can also sign up for Sweetgrass basket classes to learn how to weave the beautiful Lowcountry delicacies.
Also on grounds at this National Historic Landmark is the River Oak Cottage, which serves both lunch and full tea. Visitors can stop in for Shrimp and Grits, housemade Creole or Gumbo, or a Blue Cheese and Spinach Quiche. And the extensive tea menu features everything from Buckingham Palace Garden Tea to Earl Grey Cream Tea.
Tours of the Revolutionary-era house and grounds are available Tuesday through Friday on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Prices are $20 for Adults, $17.50 for Seniors 65+, $10.50 for students 12-17, $7.50 for children 6-11.
Those interested in visiting are encouraged to call or email the plantation ahead of time to ensure tour and tea room availability.
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