Hopsewee Plantation - Attic to Cellar Guided Tour

Hopsewee Plantation

Zerve Seller: Hopsewee
Activity #3196
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Description

The beautiful Hopsewee Plantation house overlooks the North Santee River and the old rice fields that produced the wealth of the Lynch, Hume and Lucas families for almost 150 years. Not as large as the antebellum cotton plantation houses, this colonial house still has much of the original woodwork, window glass, and has never been enlarged since its construction in the mid-18th century.

Still a private residence, the house is furnished with the 18th and 19th century family heirlooms of the present owners, the Beattie's, who can usually be found around the plantation and look forward to meeting with guests. Mrs. Beattie is often in the tea room, cooking up another delicious dish and Mr. Beattie is busy working on various projects about the grounds.

During your 1-hour guided tour you will have the opportunity to:
  • Visit each room of the house, from attic to cellar, as your tour guide shares the rich history of Hopsewee, its previous owners, and the slaves who lived and worked on the plantation.
  • Spend time on the grounds viewing the two original slave cabins.
  • Enjoy the natural beauty of the area and its moss draped trees and the majestic Santee River flowing by.
After your tour, enjoy our Southern Tea or a delicious lunch in the River Oak Cottage Tea Room. Built by the Beattie’s in 2008, the tea room is ranked in the top three tea rooms in South Carolina.  While the cost of lunch or tea is not included in the ticket price, all guests receive a $2 credit to the tea room for purchasing their tickets in advance, the equivalent of the Zerve ticket fee.  In addition, guests can also choose to get guaranteed seating in the tea room on the day of their tour along with their tickets.

What Is Not Included?

Lunch and tea in the tea room is not included, but we encourage all guests to stop by before or after the tour and use their $2 credit.

Meeting Location

U.S. 17 between Georgetown and McClellanville (Georgetown, SC) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)

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310 Reviews Rating: 4.7 4.7 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Great place with a wonderful guide!
Sat, Aug 29  2:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
Wonderful place to visit. Highly recommend the tea house! Our tour guide was wonderful and the food and tea was delicious.
Rating: 5
Informative
Sat, Aug 29  11:00 AM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
Interesting.
Rating: 5
Well worth the drive.
Fri, Aug 28  11:00 AM Female 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
 
My husband and I stopped here for a tour and lunch at the tea room on our way to Georgetown, SC. The tour was great and the food was fresh and wonderful. I would definitely go back to eat lunch again in the tea room. A great place to stop if you are headed from Charleston to Myrtle Beach.
Rating: 4
The history is very interesting
Thu, Aug 27  2:00 PM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
The history is very interesting, the smell of cat urine in every room not very interesting. in fact it made it hard to get through the tour. The tour guide was very informative and very friendly.
Rating: 4
Lovely home that does need exterior work.
Tue, Aug 25  11:00 AM Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
 
For anyone wanting to experience SC Revolutionary War history, this home is a must see. The interior is charming with many old and historical pieces of furniture and architectural details. The tour guide is very knowledgeable. The definitely needs an exterior cleaning and painting. I also wish the grounds were landscaped to reflect the era of the home. The lunch was delightful. Food very local.
Rating: 5
Great visit
Fri, Aug 21  10:00 AM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
From the moment we arrived in the Tea room to the time we left everything was excellent! Having the tour guide having the experience of actually living at Hopsewee was an added bonus. Lunch in the Tea Room was fantastic. Worth the extra time.
Rating: 5
Hopsewee Plantation is beautiful and historic.
Thu, Aug 20  11:00 AM Female 60-69 Combination Group of Friends
 
Our visit to Hopsewee Plantation included the tour of the grounds and lunch in the Tea Room? The grounds are breathtakingly beautiful and well maintained. I enjoyed the video overview of the site; and our tour guide, Zenovia Harper, was so well versed in the history of the buildings and artifacts in the main house. She provided information on even the smallest detail which really enhanced the historic significance of the site. I highly recommend the lunch in the Tea Room. The food was delicious,beautifully presented and not over priced. This is a must see On a visit to the Low Country.
 
Rating: 5
Excellent tour guide- anobia -
Thu, Aug 20  10:00 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
Please indicate on web site that cats are indoor cats on premises. I did not know this in advance and suffered an allergic reaction!
Rating: 5
Beautiful location and delicious food!
Wed, Aug 19  12:00 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
Me, my best friend and my mom visited Hopsewee a few weeks ago. It was awesome! The location of the home is gorgeous and the staff and food at the tea room are wonderful. The woman who gave our tour actually grew up in the home and was very knowledgeable and insightful. Such an authentic southern experience! =)
Rating: 5
Great tour and great food
Wed, Aug 19  11:00 AM Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
The tour was very nice in informative. You are free to walk the grounds after or before the tour. We ate in the Tea Room, where the food and service was fantastic. They treated us like family.
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Do I need to buy tickets in advance?
Advance purchase is highly recommended, as space is limited per tour. All guests who purchase tickets in advance get a $2 credit to use in the tea room. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can be purchased using a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
Are there any age limits? Can we bring our kids?
Yes, children can attend the tour, however, please note that younger children may not fully understand the content and get much out of it. We do offer a reduced price Youth ticket for ages 12-17 and Child ticket for ages 5-11. Children under 5 years old can come for free, but a parent may be asked to step out of the tour if they become disruptive.
How far are you from Myrtle Beach?
We are located about 50 miles south of Myrtle Beach on Highway 17. Just follow the signs like you are going to Charleston and you will find us 12 miles south of Georgetown on the right hand side of the road.
How far are you from Charleston?
We are located about 50 miles north of Charleston on Highway 17. About 10 miles north of McClellanville, you will cross the Santee Delta. Turn left immediately after the second bridge, into our front gate or turn at the second opportunity onto Crow Hill Road which parallels US 17 and come in our back gate.
What about rainy weather?
These tours go out rain or shine. Please note that a portion of the tour will take place on the plantation grounds, so if it looks like there is rain in the forecast, please dress appropriately and remember to bring your umbrella. If Georgetown is experiencing a weather related shut down of County Offices and/or schools due to Hurricane warnings or other inclement weather events Hopsewee will not be conducting tours or serving in the Tea Room
How long is the tour?
Our guided tours of the plantation house and grounds are about one hour long.
Can we continue to explore after the tour is over?
After the tour is over guests are welcome to continue to explore the plantation grounds. They can further explore the slave houses, take a relaxing stroll or just sit on the dock and take in the beauty of the Santee River.
What should I wear? What should I bring?
We suggest that guests wear comfortable shoes but do not wear high heels, as they can damage the hardwood floors and are not ideal for touring the grounds. Also, since the plantation is located in a beautiful natural setting, there are unfortunately mosquitoes. We do spray for mosquitoes regularly, but insect repellant is helpful for those who are sensitive.
Is the house handicap accessible?
Unfortunately, the house itself is not handicap accessible, but the tea room is accessible. Most of the tour takes place on the main floor of the plantation house and access to the main floor requires climbing up seven steps. If your are unable to stand for the duration of the tour, we do have chairs you can sit in. If you are unable to navigate the stairs to the main floor, you are welcome to wait for the rest of your party in the tea room where you can view a video on the plantation, the area and the production of rice. Those who are unable to participate in the tour do not need a ticket. In addition, please note that while the plantation grounds are flat and clear, there are no paved pathways.
Do you allow photography?
Guests are welcome to take pictures while they are in the tea room or out on the plantation grounds. Because Hopsewee is a private residence, we request no photography inside the house.
Can I make a reservation for the tea room on the day of my tour?
Yes, when purchasing your tickets, you can also select an option that will guarantee your seating in the tea room on the same day as your tour. This option also gives you a $5 credit per person toward your purchase in the tea house, so including the $2 credit for purchasing your tickets in advance that's $7 toward lunch or tea. A seat should be purchased for everyone in the group including all children, except babes in arms. When selecting this option, if you know your preferred reservation time, either before or after your tour, please let us know. Regardless of what you select, your seats will be guaranteed any time that day. If you plan to dine before your tour, please allow about an hour for your meal.
Is the plantation open all year round?
Public tours of the house and plantation are available from February through November. At other times of the year, tours are available upon request. As we get requests, we will post the tour availability on the calendar. If you don't see a tour available for a time you can join us during December or January, please click on the "Contact Hopsewee" link to discuss availability.
When is the tea room open? How do I make a reservation?
The tea room is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from February through November. Guests can enjoy the tea room anytime with seating from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, Tuesday - Saturday. We ask that our guests finish eating by 4:30pm so our staff can close on time. During December and January, the tea room is also available for groups of 10 or more by reservation only. If you'd like to dine with us and have not purchased tour tickets, please click on the "Contact Hopsewee" link and let us know when you are interested in coming.
Do you have a gift shop?
We have a small gift area in the tea room which includes Sweetgrass Baskets, tea items, cookbooks, jellies and other hand-crafted items. Guests are welcome to stop and purchase gifts before or after their tour.
Can I bring food and drinks to the Plantation?
No food and drinks are allowed in the Plantation house and we recommend stopping at the tea room if you are in the mood for a bite or need to quench your thirst. We have soft drinks and a moderately priced menu. If you prefer to dine outside rather than in the tea room, we will be happy to pack your meal for a picnic on the grounds.
Is there parking available?
Yes, there are a couple of parking areas available. There is parking available near the tea room as well as in front of the slave cabins near Highway 17. We just ask that people obey the signs and do not park on the grass.
Are pets allowed to come?
No, other than service animals, pets are not permitted.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes. If you are interested in purchasing a gift certificate, please click on the "Contact Hopsewee" link on the left side of the page.
Do you do weddings or other private parties?
Yes! We have a beautiful venue that can be used for private affairs including weddings, parties and banquets. Please click on the "Contact Hopsewee" link to discuss setting up a private event.
Do you have group rates?
For groups larger than 16 people, please click on the "Contact Hopsewee" for group rates and scheduling. Bus groups are welcome!

About

Hopsewee Plantation

Hopsewee Plantation was built about 40 years before the Revolutionary War.  It is a pristine example of a Colonial Rice plantation is on the National Register of Historic Places and a National Historic Landmark.  It has been long cherished by its owners.  In fact, it has only been owned by five families, despite being over 275 years old.

The present owners, Frank and Raejean Beattie, purchased Hopsewee in 2001 and although it is still a private residence, guests are invited to enjoy a guided tour of the plantation house as well as the plantation grounds.  In 2008, they built the River Oak Cottage Tea Room so that guests can also enjoy lunch or a Full Southern Tea in the tea room while taking in the natural beauty of the grounds. 

Enjoy Lowcountry Favorites of Pulled Pork, Pirleau, Collard Greens, Mac & Cheese, and Sweet Potato Casserole or try our Shrimp 'n Grits, Gumbo or Creole.  We have Soup and Sandwiches and a great selection of Cakes and Desserts.   Everything is made at the plantation by or under the supervision Raejean Beattie, LOH (Lady of the House)
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