494 Hopsewee Road
Georgetown, SC 29440
Birthplace of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, offers tours of the residence, slave dwellings and has a tearoom/restaurant
Built in 1740 (40 years before the Revolutionary War), Hopsewee has been owned by only five families. The house is still a private residence, but guided tours allow you to explore a typical rice plantation dwelling of the early eighteenth century. Hopsewee is also the birthplace and home of Thomas Lynch, Jr., one of four signers of the Declaration of Independence from SC. Also on the grounds are two slave dwellings, which are remarkably well preserved in order to interpret the lives of the African Americans who lived and worked here. The owners of Hopsewee also operate a tearoom on site, where the pimento cheese biscuits are a best seller. History Trivia: By the time of the Civil War, Georgetown County was the largest producer of rice in the country. Hopsewee alone produced 560,000 pounds on 240 acres in 1850.