Hopsewee Plantation: From Rice to Relic

Hopsewee Plantation

Tucked in between Charleston and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is Hopsewee Plantation, a former rice plantation turned national historic landmark. This beautiful home, which sits beneath the 100-year-old oaks and bright blue skies of the Southeast, was built in 1740; and thanks to its black cypress frame, it has lasted through the generations and stands as a preservation home rather than a restoration. Only five families have owned this home, which has helped to keep it in such pristine condition. It remains intact, beautiful and welcoming to guests from all over, including Bluegreen Vacations owners staying in Charleston and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The History of Hopsewee Plantation

The four-bedroom Hopsewee Plantation home was built in the 1733 by Thomas Lynch. He and his wife, Elizabeth Allston made a home of the rice plantation house until 1762, whereupon he sold it to Robert Hume. Prior to their selling of the Hopsewee Plantation, they had a son by the name of Thomas Lynch, Jr., who was one of the three people from South Carolina to sign the Declaration of Independence.

Hopsewee Plantation InteriorThe Hume family lived on the plantation until the mid 1850s, hiring an agent to continue rice production in 1853. By 1861, the Civil War was underway and the house was raided by Northern soldiers. This was the end of the plantation’s rice production. The Hume family returned to the home after the war, in 1900, but after the death of John Hume Lucas’ eldest grandson, William Lucas, it was sold to the International Paper Company in 1945.

Two years later, the Hopsewee Plantation and a few acres surrounding it were sold to Colonel Reading Wilkinson and his wife. The family commenced with modernizing the home. They made kitchen cabinets out of wood from the attic and added two bathrooms to the upstairs. Years later, in 1969, after Mrs. Wilkinson was widowed and her children were out of the house, she traded houses with Jim and Helen Maynard. The Maynards obtained the National Historic Landmark status of the property in 1972 and opened the home as a museum. The Maynards then sold the property to a couple, Frank and Raejean Beattie, on the understanding that they would care for the plantation and not sell it to real-estate developers. The home now sits on 70 acres of original Hopsewee property, which is what can be visited and seen during a vacation.

Take a Tour Of The Hopsewee Plantation

Hopsewee PlantationTours of the 279-year-old Hopsewee Plantation are available to vacationers, and run on the hour, Tuesday through Saturday, or by appointment. Reservations are both welcome and encouraged. The home and neighboring teahouse are available for private parties and group events such as tea times or Lowcountry dinners on the plantation grounds. To contact the property to schedule a tour during your vacation and learn more about its rich history, visit their website, or call them at 843.546.7891.

The Georgetown home is about an hour from both resorts in Charleston and Myrtle Beach. So whether you are staying at Charleston’s The Lodge Alley Inn™ or Myrtle Beach’s Carolina Grande™, Harbour Lights™, SeaGlass Tower™ or Shore Crest Vacation Villas™, you’re not too far away from seeing this beautiful historic rice plantation. Make a point of seeing some history during your next vacation.