Hopsewee Plantation - Attic to Cellar Guided Tour

Hopsewee Plantation

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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.)


245 Reviews Rating: 4.6 4.6 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Thu, Mar 26  11:00 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Enjoyed beginning with the brief video. Our guide was excellent. She obviously enjoyed sharing the house with us. Her knowledge and presentation was very engaging. I don't know her name, but she told me she was a fashion design graduate.

My friend and I were extremely pleased that we toured this plantation. It was especially interesting to learn that the plantation father and son were signers of the Declaration.
Rating: 4
Very good!
Thu, Mar 26  10:00 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Our tour guide was very informative and lively. We enjoyed her humor and she was very knowledgeable.
Rating: 5
Really enjoyed
Tue, Mar 24  12:00 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Tour guide (jJean, I believe) was delightful and informative. Lunch at tea room was great. They were very busy but was worth the wait. Lots of great historical information.
Rating: 5
great experience.
Sat, Mar 21  11:00 AM Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
One of the best experiences in Charleston historical activities. Owners on site and interact with quests. Very professional but down to earth experience. The tea room and lunch experience make it a must for both locals and visiting guests.
Rating: 5
Excellent Venue
Thu, Mar 19  1:00 PM Male 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
We had a very knowledgeable guide who was willing and able to answer many questions and showed enthusiasm doing so.
Rating: 5
Loved our tour and tour guide
Thu, Mar 19  11:00 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
My daughter and I took the house tour. As soon as we stepped out of our car you could feel the peace of the grounds. We loved the fact that the house was still much as it was from earlier days and the fact that the owners live there yet allow daily tours. Our tour guide lady was fabulous. I can't remember her name but she's been giving tours for 14 years. She told us many interesting facts including carolina blue paint and the weasel and about soap bars. I'll let you find out the details for yourself. We got to see all 4 levels of the house and I would have loved to curl up with a book on the upstairs balcony.
Rating: 5
Historic, interesting, beautiful
Sat, Mar 14  12:00 PM Unspecified 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Lovely afternoon going back in time to 18th century, luncheon was delightful, and appropriately priced. We loved it.
Rating: 5
GREAT!!! Very informative & interesting!!!!
Thu, Mar 12  2:00 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
The grounds & home were beautiful!!! Our guide was well informed & very nice!!! There was plenty of time to allow us to look around in the house. My teenage granddaughter & her friends were also there and loved our visit as well. We highly recommend this stop to everyone!!!!
Rating: 4
Wonderful tour and lunch
Thu, Mar 12  11:00 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I ordered tickets on-line and added the lunch option. Drive into the plantation was beautiful with sunshine filtering through the beautiful old trees. We arrived about 10 minutes early so we were able to walk around the house and grounds before the tour. Video was done at the Tea Room before the tour. Very well done. Tour guide was excellent as was the tour. Had lunch after tour. Didn't realize that there would be so many menu selections. The $5 voucher per person didn't cover much toward the lunch cost but it was still worth staying. The food was wonderful (small portions) but oh so good and still filling. Highly recommend tour and lunch! (Got an extra $2 voucher/person to use toward lunch by booking on line through Zerve :-)
Rating: 3
Mixed Review -Tour Guide Great. Everything else OK
Sat, Mar 7  1:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Tour started late. Tour Guide very good. Had answers to all questions. Had tea following. What could have been special was made mediocre by the staff. Items dumped on table without explanation. No tongs provided. Best scone I've ever had. Others sweets good. Savories just okay.
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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.
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 from 10am to 4:30pm, Tuesday - Friday, or 12pm to 4:30pm on Saturdays. The last seating is at 3:30pm. 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 make a reservation, please click on the "Contact Hopsewee" link and let us know when your group is 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!


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.  The tea room is ranked in the top three tea rooms in South Carolina by Teamap.com.
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