Tuesday, April 1, 2014
From the Waccamaw Neck to the South Santee River the history of Georgetown County was told this past Friday and Saturday to just under 800 people who came for the 67th annual Plantation Tours sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women, Prince George, Winyah, Parrish.
Visitors from all over were welcomed to the many 18th and 19th century churches, plantation homes and town houses along with other historic properties that are scattered throughout Georgetown County on the tour.
Joseph Lelyveld, former executive editor of the New York Times, was impressed with his first trip to the South Carolina low country. “I like the contrast between the beautiful trees and landscape along with how the old homes have been preserved and decorated.”
Tours on Friday centered around Georgetown and the plantations on the Santee River while Saturday’s tours also encompassed Georgetown along with historic plantations located along the Black, Pee Dee and Waccamaw Rivers.
With ancestral ties to Georgetown, Grace Ann Fraser Taylor from Lexington was also enjoying her first plantation tour. “I love the live oaks, spanish moss, and Hopsewee Plantation. We will definitely be back next year.”
The money raised from the Plantation Tours is allocated to local mission work and to the preservation of the historic church and buildings.
This was Corinne Middleton’s 14th tour and won’t be her last. “Regardless of the weather, we always enjoy the tours and in no way will it deter us” said Middleton. “We really liked the Samuel Kirkton and Thomas Hutchinson houses and are so happy to see Southern families living in both.”
Stu and Karen Slifkin were not only impressed with The Oaks Plantation but also the cypress tidal swamps and rice trunks that surrounded the historic property. They both love the low country history and are volunteers at Hobcaw.
Early morning rain on Saturday combined with muddy roads may have slowed the visitors but didn’t dampen their determination to see what the tours had to offer. Umbrellas and rain jackets were the dress of the morning and thankfully by noon, the rain had moved on and everyone was able to enjoy rain free tours the rest of the afternoon.