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“Nice house, well preserved”

Hopsewee Plantation
Ranked #1 of 29 things to do in Georgetown
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Southport, North Carolina, United States
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214 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Nice house, well preserved”
Reviewed 17 April 2014 via mobile

Very nice old plantation house built of black cyprus and lived in. Good tour, fun. Many historic artifacts, basement and attic interesting as well. 2 old well kept slave houses and a new tea house you can get lunch. Excellent woven Charleston baskets made by Mrs. Green for sale too. Small but worth the visit.

Thank Peter B
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English first
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32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Rice Plantation”
Reviewed 5 April 2014 via mobile

Truly enjoyed this smaller plantation home. The owners have done a great job in keeping this property for the public to view. Lovely grounds to stroll. Was fun to go into the attic as well as basement of this home.

Visited March 2014
Thank luzi76
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Ottawa, Canada
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18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“The Best High Tea in the Area”
Reviewed 22 March 2014

The Plantation has lovely grounds and the house is well worth a visit. We enjoyed High tea in the Cottage which was delicious and well presented. Service was excellent. We watched a short video before the tour of the house and grounds. The guide was excellent and well informed. A must see.

Visited March 2014
Thank Margery L
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Frederick, Maryland
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Terrible and disappointing”
Reviewed 15 March 2014

Well, my wife and I were hoping to spend a few hours reveling in history and enjoying a full tea experience. What happened instead was an average bar b que lunch and a disappointing afternoon. To be clear, I don't go around panning establishments. For the most part everyone works hard to some degree to try and earn money for their businesses. In this case, I should have known that when the lovely tea room displayed on the website turned out to be the equivalent of a small-time clubhouse located on most any municipal golf course, we were in trouble.... The "tea room" is located about a football field length from the historic mansion. I thought afternoon tea was supposed to be an event? A piano with no piano player. Limited food items on the tea menu. Folding chairs. We decided to do lunch instead and in less than 5 minutes after ordering we got our food. An average bar b que lunch. We never saw our waitress again until we were ready for the bill. Then she brings over an iPad and does the math and says we owe her $36 and change. As she stands there waiting for payment with ipad in hand, it reminded me of a time when gas station attendants used to collect gas money at your car, complete with those coin changers they used to wear on their belts..... I paid, she left, and as I commented on how tacky this whole experience was to my wife, we left--- after having been there less than 45 minutes. Our drive from Charleston took longer than the meal... The owner made some small talk. "Where are ya from?" Then she asked "how did ya hear bout us?" Her questions and response made me feel like she was more concerned about how google was earning her advertising dollars than about our comfort. Hey, the house tour may be cool, but save your time and money and tea or eat in Charleston!!! We wish we did....

Visited March 2014
6 Thank Gman301
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great Location and Tour”
Reviewed 10 February 2014

My wife and I visited the Hopswee Plantation last Thursday. I was immediately impressed by the number and quality of the many trees on the plantation. This plantation originally owned by JohnLynch . He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a member of one of the richest families in SC. Hopswee was a rice plantation and at its peak before the Civil War, 3000 slaves worKed and lived on the plantation. The original home is still in place and is the residence of the current owners. At that time in 1725 this home must have been totally unusual for times and place. Today it is still a stately old home and worth touring. The tour of the house was worthwhile because it is an example of how old history can still be prevalent in the present era. They also have a tea house where you can get a wonderful lunch served on a linen covered table with fine china. Our lunch was attractive tasty and filing. Service was excellent and the current owners chatted with us about their experience with Hopsewee Plantation. For those tourists looking for a glimpse of Southern Culture, I highly recommend you visit Hopsewee Plantation.

Visited February 2014
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