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“Outrageously Priced, Superficial”

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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35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Outrageously Priced, Superficial”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

Entering this historic site is a bit of a teaser as it has very expansive grounds, slave quarters, and located on the waterway - lots of opportunity for a great learning attraction. After buying very expensive tickets which totaled over $70 for 3 adults and 2 children, we were provided a tour of the house (only) which took all of 30 minutes. The house is marginally developed for public touring and the rest of the site not at all - barely worth the hour drive from Myrtle Beach if the tour were free of charge. The person who suggested this tour was embarrassed at the prices charged for a such a superficial tour and noted that the Hobcaw Plantation is much better.

Visited June 2014
6 Thank HealthyTravel228
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Plymouth, Michigan
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132 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Back in a Day.........”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

This was a guided tour, not too long, but hit all the info people want to know. And it's not often you can tour a plantation that is currently being lived in. Go!

Visited June 2014
Thank Karen B
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New Freedom, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Hopsewee Plantation Tour and Tea Room”
Reviewed 28 June 2014

We chose Hopsewee Plantation for two reasons...it is historical as well as beautiful and it had a working tea room with full Southern Tea service. Our tour began in the parking lot, seemingly as though dragonflies were going to lead us. So beautiful and plentiful we were fascinated with their continuous, albeit non-threatening, attention to us. We obtained our tickets and were led by a very young tour guide who was not only interested in history and architecture but was well spoken and very open to questions. We saw the plantation homefront from attic to cellar (and yes there is rumor that a 'Haunt' lives in the attic! I did not feel that presence however. After the one hour tour, we were treated to a tea fit for a princess! Very good, well presented and absolutely tasty and filling! The staff at this location were filled with Southern Charm and would lead me to wish to return again soon! A sight to see!

Visited June 2014
3 Thank Kitty H
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“Lovely lunch at the plantation.”
Reviewed 23 June 2014 via mobile

Our group of four had a lovely lunch here with three of us opting for the shrimp and grits and one had chicken salad on sourdough bread.additionally, everyone in our group had dessert.while the lunch portions look to small they were very satisfying. On the contrary, the desert portions were huge and very delicious.The tea room was a lovely, the service was very friendly, and the tour was very enjoyable.Since it was such a hot day most of our group members opted for iced tea. However, most of us thought it had a strange flavor.the spicy ginger ale, on the other hand, unique and refreshing.

Visited June 2014
2 Thank SherryAtlanta
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29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“A step back in time”
Reviewed 21 June 2014

This original rice plantation home is unchanged on the outside since before the civil war. The house is set in lovely grounds overlooking the river. We arrived and shared the full southern tea so that we each got a taste of the exquisite home cooked savoury plates and cakes. There were over 50 teas to choose from, I really enjoyed my Buckingham Palace Tea as served at the Queens garden parties. The family still live in the house and were in the tearoom when we were there. Friday was a good day to go as it was quiet and there were only six of us that went on a guided tour of the house. After the tour we explored the grounds and went in the original slave cabins. When we returned to the beautiful tearoom, the owner made us feel very welcome. This experience gives you a real feeling of bygone days and not to be missed.

Visited June 2014
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