Built circa 1740, some 40 years before the American Revolutionary War, Hopsewee Plantation was one of the South's major rice plantations and the birthplace of Thomas Lynch, Jr., one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Now a private residence, this National Historic Landmark—near Myrtle Beach and Charleston in the heart of South Carolina's Lowcountry—is open Tuesday-Saturday, with tours on the hour 10:00 am until 3:00 pm and beginning at 11:00 on Saturdays. Dining is available Tuesday-Saturday from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.
More than 300 skywatchers joined us August 21, 2017 for our eclipse viewing party featuring dancing and live music from area band Coastal Reaction along with drinks, Lowcountry dining, tours and sweetgrass basketweaving classes. We captured the day with a photo gallery of the festivities—see them here. And be sure to get one of our commemorative Moon Shadow T-shirts while supplies last! Special thanks to our staff and volunteers for making this–our largest gathering to date–so successful, and to our guests for choosing Hopsewee to spend this once-in-a-lifetime occasion.
English tradition meets southern charm at the sophisticated River Oak Cottage Tea Room, a versatile venue featuring a full menu, sweet and savory treats and a wide selection of teas.
With beautiful and bucolic wooded grounds along the peaceful North Santee River, Hopsewee Plantation provides the picture-perfect backdrop for private parties or your special bridal occasion.
Coast to Coast Sites was founded in 2016 by travel aficionados Lynne and Roger Gerber to collect America's story in a series of coasters and postcards with fun facts about each site as well as a checklist to connect all of the historic places to visits in each state. Look for these collectible mementos in our gift shop, and then test your knowledge of Hopsewee history by taking the trivia challenge. To find out more, visit the Coast to Coast Sites website, where you'll find the rest of the sites in South Carolina listed as well as those in Maryland and North Carolina.
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