Hobcaw Barony is a 16,000-acre research reserve in Georgetown, S.C., that is open for public tours as well as researchers from throughout the state.
The historic site is home to a rich variety of native South Carolina ecosystems, making it an ideal setting for environmental research. The grounds also house more than 70 cultural sites, including cemeteries, former slave quarters, and the homes of the Baruch family.
Belle Baruch was the daughter of Bernard M. Baruch, a wealthy Wall Street financier who used the land as a winter hunting retreat. The elder Baruch sold the land to his daughter, who created a foundation to manage the land as a research hub for colleges and universities in South Carolina. Belle Baruch died in the 1960s.
Hobcaw Barony offers many experiences for visitors, including an introductory tour that introduces guests to the site’s rich history and even its famous visitors like Winston Churchill and President Franklin Roosevelt. The tour includes a drive through Belle Baruch’s former home, Bellefield Plantation and Stables; Friendfield Village, the last 19th century slave village along the Waccamaw Neck; and the home of Bernard Baruch.
For a more in-depth look at the property, visitors can take the Behind the Scenes tour, which makes longer stops at the landmarks along the way. Seasonal Tours and events include the North Island Lighthouse Tour, How to Throw a Cast Net class, Bellefield Christmas event, and Rover Boat Tours.