Constructed in 1740, Hopsewee is located directly across the Santee River from Hampton Plantation. Built from local black cypress, its white clapboard siding, black tin roof, and black shutters give it a unique appearance.
Hopsewee was the home of Thomas Lynch, a South Carolina delegate to the Continental Congress who played an important role in creating the Continental Army in 1776. His son, Thomas Lynch, Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born at Hopsewee on August 5, 1749.
The interior of the house is furnished with 18th- and 19th-century antiques. Among the very impressive interior architectural features are the staircase and the mouldings. This house is rare in that it is a preservation instead of a restoration. It has never been allowed to fall into disrepair and appears much as it would have when the Lynches lived here. Also, unlike many historical houses, every room is open to the public, including the attic and the cellar.
There are a couple of slave cabins on the grounds with information about the African-Americans who lived here, as well as a nature trail that goes along beside the river. If you choose to explore the grounds, please make sure you wear insect repellent. This plantation's location near the river makes it a prime spot for mosquitoes, deer flies, and no-see-ums. When we were there, we were nearly eaten alive!
The plantation is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4pm. A $5/vehicle parking fee is charged for the grounds. House tours are an additional $8/adult. For more information, call 843/546-7891.