Explore the home from room to room, including the two original slave cabins that still stand on the grounds. Learn about the rich history of Hopsewee, its previous families as well as its current owners, the Beatties, and the enslaved who lived and worked on the plantation. During your visit, make sure to enjoy the mossy oaks and river vista. Afterward, and enjoy lunch or tea at River Oak Cottage, ranked as one of the state's top tea rooms.
Learn more about rice culture during your visit by watching excerpts from "When Rice Was King," produced by South Carolina ETV, and Georgetown County Library's "Kings to Slaves." These informative movies are screened in the slave cabin closest to the River Oak Cottage. Your tour begins on the front river porch of the Hopsewee house at the top of the hour.
Gullah Geechee Presentation
Hopsewee introduces presentations focusing on the enslaved African experiences on this historic plantation. Come join us as we begin to expand the narrative to include their contributions to the wealth and influence of colonial South Carolina and how their knowledge, ingenuity, and labor help to build this nation.
Here at Hopsewee, you'll have the opportunity to learn about the Gullah Geechee people and the special significance of their creolized culture and language.
Glander grew up in the Gullah Community speaking the language and has a desire to share the history of her ancestors who came from the plantations in the Georgetown area. Raised in the Gullah culture of Georgetown, Zenobia is an artist and storyteller with a desire to share with visitors the story of the enslaved Africans that shaped the many rice and indigo plantations along the Carolina coast, and how their descendants, the Gullah people, continue to preserve their legacy.
Sweetgrass Basketweaving Workshops
Sweetgrass baskets are a Lowcountry tradition dating back to the 1700s, when they were brought to the United States by West African slaves. Handmade of tightly coiled strands of bundled grass, these strong yet supple baskets played an important role on southern rice plantations and today are treasured for their artistry and cultural significance.
Discover more about sweetgrass baskets and learn this unique craft in a hands-on class with instructor Vera Manigault. An eighth-generation weaver and Gullah descendant, Manigault is from Mount Pleasant, SC, the only area where baskets are still made, and has been featured in national magazines and television shows. Read more about her and this important art form in an article by USA Today.
Hopsewee Ghost Tours
Go back in time and experience Haunted Tales at Hopsewee Plantation, presenting stories of Author and storyteller Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger. She’s given hundreds of programs on the history and ghostly legends of Georgetown County, as a Historical Interpreter for over 25 years. She has several books to date as author of Ghosts of Georgetown, More Ghosts of Georgetown, and Georgetown Mysteries and Legends. Come a little earlier for Hopsewee Happy Hour! Enjoy Drinks and Hors d’oeuvres as you browse the gift shop and get your book purchases signed by the authors.