Hopsewee Plantation - Hopsewee-on-the-Santee
This historic landmark sitting in the heart of Lowcountry is one of the most highly visited plantations in the area, the 18th-century house providing tours, educational films, and fine dining options. This is THE spot to go if your group is interested in architecture, local history, or local gastronomy (or a little of all three!).
The Hopsowee Plantation was built around 1740, one of the south's major rice plantations at the time as well as the birthplace of Thomas Lynch Jr. Lynch was one of the men who signed the declaration of independence, a good piece of national history sitting right inside these walls!
Save enough time to take a look around the house, the surrounding grounds, and gardens, and enjoy a tour. The tours happen every Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm. After your exploration and tour settle in for an extraordinary dining experience at the River Oak Cottage Tea Room, an elegant eatery where 'English tradition meets Southern charm'. This spot is open Tuesday through Saturday 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. Stop in for crab cakes, gumbo, shrimp-n-grits, or perhaps just a spot of tea and dessert!