Hopsewee, a South Carolina's National Historic Landmark, is a preservation rather than a restoration and has never been allowed to fall into decay as it has always been cherished. 0nly five families have owned it, although it was built almost 40 years before the Revolutionary War.
A visit to Hopsewee on the North Santee River is like a step into a cool still spot in history. Peace, quiet and beautiful vista of golden river and the green and gray of moss-hung trees give one pause and time for contemplation. Wooded trails add to the nature lover's pleasure.
The house, still a private residence, is a typical low country rice plantation dwelling of the early eighteenth century with four rooms opening into a wide center hall on each floor, a full brick cellar and attic rooms. The house has a lovely staircase and there is hand carved molding in each room and random width heart pine floors are almost one and one half inches thick. Constructed on a brick foundation which is covered by scored tabby, the house is built of black cypress, which probably accounts for the fact that it is basically the same house the Lynches built 40 years before the Revolutionary War. It is furnished in eighteenth and nineteenth century furniture.