— Hopsewee Plantation © Brandon Coffey, 2009 —
(Do Not Use Without Written Consent)
- Location North Santee River, Georgetown, Prince George Winyah Parish, Georgetown County
Located at 494 Hopsewee Road off US 17
- Origin of name ?
- Other names Hobsheewee, Hopsewee-on-the-Santee (1, p. 1)
- Current status The land has been subdivided. The house is privately owned and open to the public
- 1730s Earliest known date of existence
- 1733-1740 House built by Thomas Lynch Sr. (1, p. 6)
The house is a typical lowcountry rice plantation dwelling. Hopsewee is a preservation rather than restoration and it is very much the same as when first built (2).
- 1740s Thomas Lynch Sr. and his wife Elizabeth Allston, of Brookgreen Plantation, would make Hopsewee their home (1, p. 2).
- 1749 The Lynch's son, Thomas Lynch, Jr., was born at Hopsewee on August 5th. Thomas Jr. would be one of the three signers of the Declaration of Independence from South Carolina (1, p. 2).
- 1762 Thomas Lynch, Sr. sold Hopsewee to Robert Hume (2).
- 1766 Robert Hume died leaving Hopsewee to his young family (2).
- Robert's son John Hume grew up at Hopsewee and spent winters at the plantation as an adult. He died in 1841 leaving the property to an estate that included his children and grandchildren (2).
- 1844 The estate put Hopsewee up for sale with John Hume's grandson, John Hume Lucas being the highest bidder. Lucas continued to successfully cultivate rice on the plantation (2).
- 1853 John died and his wife and children would only return to Hopsewee for holidays. The family hired an agent to continue the rice production (2).
- 1861-1865 During the Civil War, Hopsewee was looted by the Yankees who took what they wished and gave the rest to the slaves that remained at the plantation. Although rice was never grown again at Hopsewee after the war, many slaves continued to work the land, renting pieces of the property for their own use (2).
- 1900 John Hume Lucas' eldest grandson, William Lucas, and his wife returned and made Hopsewee their residence (2).
- 1914 William Lucas died and his wife Mary Doar Lucas shuttered and left Hopsewee (2).
- 1945 The plantation was sold to the International Paper Company (2).
- 1947 The house and a small part of the property was sold to Colonel Reading Wilkinson and his wife by International Paper Company (2).
- 1969 After the death of her husband and her children had grown, Mrs. Wilkinson traded the Hopsewee house with James T. and Helen Maynard for their home on Meeting Street in Georgetown (2).
- Alphabetical list Thomas Lynch, Sr. (1733-1762), Robert Hume (1762-1766), John Hume (1766-1841), Estate of John Hume (1841-1844), John Hume Lucas (1844-1853), William Lucas (1900-1914), International Paper Company (1945-?), Colonel and Mrs. Reading Wilkinson (1947-1969), James T. and Helen Maynard (1969-2000), Frank and Raejean Beattie (2000-present)
- Number of slaves 11 in 1738; 178 in 1850 (2)
- The two-and-half story black cypress frame house sits on a scored tabby covered brick foundation (1, p. 2).
References & Resources
- National Register of Historic Places
Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1971
Photographs, architectural overview
- Hopsewee Plantation history: Click here
- Claude Henry Neuffer, editor, Names in South Carolina, Volume I through 30 (Columbia, SC: The State Printing Company)
Order Names in South Carolina, Volumes I-XII, 1954-1965
Order Names in South Carolina, Index XIII-XVIII
- Alberta Morel Lachicotte, Georgetown Rice Plantations (Georgetown, SC: Georgetown County Historical Society, 1993)
Order Georgetown Rice Plantations
- George C. Rodgers, Jr., The History of Georgetown County, South Carolina (Spartanburg, SC: Reprint Company, 1990)
Order The History of Georgetown County, South Carolina
- Carolina W. Todd and Sidney Wait, South Carolina: A Day at a Time (Orangeburg, SC: Sandlapper Publishing Company, 2008)
- Catherine Campant Messner, South Carolina's Low Country: A Past Preserved (Orangeburg, SC: Sandlapper Publishing Company, 1988)
Order South Carolina's Low Country: A Past Preserved
- Suzanne Cameron Linder, Historical Atlas of the Rice Plantations of the ACE River Basin - 1860
(Columbia, SC: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1995)
Order Historical Atlas of the Rice Plantations of the ACE River Basin - 1860
- Hopsewee Plantation
494 Hopsewee Road
Georgetown, SC 29440
Website: Click here