When we visited South Carolina last month, Mike took over watching Stephen so I could indulge in a day with the ladies, touring two local plantations. While it’s usually quite hard for me to leave Stephen, and I’ve been lucky enough only to have to do so when I have client meetings or photo shoots, I was excited about enjoying a few hours “off” and exploring these two historic sites. The lovely Robin McCall of Storehouse Tours led the day, sharing her passion for the rich history of South Carolina in a perfect southern drawl.
Our first stop of the day was Hopsewee Plantation, built in 1735, nestled on the North Santee River just south of Georgetown. You can still tour the low country plantation house, as well as the small slave quarters on the property. Just across the river on Lynches Island, you can see the marshland rice fields, the plantation’s most profitable crop before the Civil War. As you can imagine, the property had quite a rich history and was formerly owned by Thomas Lynch. I loved seeing all the evidence and markings of a house that truly served as a home for several families over the years.
After touring the house and grounds, we stopped in to enjoy afternoon tea at the new River Oak Cottage Tea Room. The chef behind the delectable – and surprisingly filling – treats was Raejean Beattie who, along with her husband, Frank, now own and inhabit Hopsewee Plantation.