View of house at South Carolina National Historic Landmark Hopsewee Plantation, birthplace of Thomas Lynch, Jr.

Experience Southern History at Hopsewee Plantation

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 privately owned, this National Historic Landmark—near Myrtle Beach and Charleston in the heart of South Carolina's Lowcountry—is open for the 2023 season now until Dec. 13 from Tuesday to Saturday. Tours start at the top of the hour from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Dining is available from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. We close for weddings and special events, so please be sure to check our calendar (click below) for availability.

Sign greeting visitors to the River Oak Cottage Tea Room at Hopsewee. Photo by Mick Schulte.

Eat and Drink

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.

Weaving a sweetwater basket during a workshop at Hopsewee.

Do and See

Take a guided tour to explore the historic house or learn about the storied history of the Gullah-Geechee culture through a presentation with local interpreters. You can even participate in a hands-on workshop at Hopsewee for traditional sweetgrass basketweaving!

Hopsewee is a picture-perfect backdrop for bridal occasions.

Plan an Event

With beautiful and bucolic wooded grounds along the peaceful North Santee River, historic Hopsewee provides the picture-perfect backdrop for private parties or your special bridal occasion.

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494 Hopsewee Rd., Georgetown, SC 29440 | Phone: (843) 546-7891