Hopsewee Plantation was built in 1735 and is about 13 miles south of Georgetown, South Carolina. It was the birthplace of Thomas Lynch, Jr., one of the three signers of the Declaration of Independence from South Carolina.
In the 1700’s, Hopsewee was a rice plantation of 13,000 areas. During the Civil War years of 1861-65, it was abandoned, looted by northern soldiers, and the property given to the remaining slaves. Rice was never planted again, but the slaves continued to work the property for their own use. According to historical records, there were 178 slaves there in 1850.
The landscaping is embellished with beautiful camellias everywhere you turn.
The house is a typical lowcountry rice plantation dwelling made from black cypress trees and siting on a brick foundation which creates a cellar. Each floor consists of four rooms off a central hall. The front door of the home faces the North Santee River which is where visitors arrived since that was the way most people traveled in the 1700’s.
Yesterday, I went to a ladies’ luncheon at the River Oak Cottage Tea Room. I enjoyed a delicious meal including lemonade, salad, shrimp and grits, and pound cake with a praline type frosting.
Historic property, delightful lunch, good friends, and we even ended the day with a spectacular sunset.
Hope you enjoyed this week’s doors because I certainly enjoyed gathering them. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. ❤️
Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors, February 14, 2019