Pawleys Island is chock-full of history, and its no surprise that the surround area is, too! History buffs visiting Pawleys Island should consider hopping in the car and taking a short trip to Hopsewee Plantation in Georgetown.
Hopsewee Plantation, also known as the birthplace of Thomas Lynch, Jr. who signed the Declaration of Independence, was built in 1735 and is home to tons of history. Those who visit Hopsewee Plantation will not only enjoy the beauty of the Lowcounty surroundings, but will also feel as if they stepped back in time to the 18th century. Guests can partake in a celler-to-attic guided tour of the Hopsewee Plantation House, as well as visit the two original slave cabins that are still intact. During the tour, visitors will learn all about the history of the property and its role as a major attraction in Georgetown.
If you’ve ever been to Georgetown before, chances are you’ve seen sweetgrass baskets for sale on the side of the road. At Hopeswee Plantation, guests have the chance to take a Sweetgrass Basketweaving Workshop, where they will learn about the Lowcountry art from an eighth-generation weaver and Gullah descendent known for making the beautiful baskets.
After the tour, stop by the on-site River Oak Cottage for a delicious Lowcountry lunch, or a cup of tea. Hopesewee’s River Oak Cottage is known as one of the top tea rooms in the state of South Carolina. In addition to an extensive tea menu, River Oak Cottage offers meal options such as Bleu Cheese and Spinach Quiche, Tomato Pie, Shrimp & Grits, Gumbo, and much more.
Hopsewee Plantation is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, with guided tours taking place on the house from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., and beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturdays. The River Oak Cottage offers dining from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.