Hopsewee Tearoom Named Top Tearoom On the Grand Strand
Less than 2 years old, the River Oak Cottage Tearoom at Hopsewee Plantation has been recognized by www.teamap.com as the top tea room on the Grand Strand.
On February 1, the Tea Room begins its second season, serving its "Southern Tea" or Lowcountry lunch, Tuesday through Friday, from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm and Saturday, Noon to 3:30. Click for Menu
Raejean Beattie, a gourmet cook, creates her own recipes and participates in their preparation, assisted by sarah Lee "Lady" Washing ton, Jean Efird, Sara Morrison and Patricia Candal. All tables are appointed with fine china, vintage rice linens and silver service. The tea selections include Hopsewee's new exclusive house blend tea, a black tea with hints of strawberry, lemon and orange.
On site banquets, weddings, private parties and special occasions are all part of the 10 month season at Hopsewee Plantaiton.
The plantation house (circa 1740) continues to be open from attic to cellar with tours on the hour.
For reservations or more information, call 843.546.7891
Can you believe it is already November! This month we will exceed 10,000 visitors for 2010. Our original goal for the year was 8,000 so we are very thankful for the response to Hopsewee! Our tea room continues to excel and we are now ranked in the top 100 tea rooms in the country.
We will be closed for Thanksgiving, celebrating with our families and then open Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. We have a basket class scheduled for Friday, November 28, with plenty of room for more. This would be a great time to come for Tea or our fabulous lunch menu.
Beginning December 1, we are open by appointment. Its a great time to schedule a holiday party! We will resume our regular hours in February.
On Agate Hill
On October 2, 2010 at 6:00 On Agate Hill, the one-woman play
featuring Barbara Bates Smith, and adapted by her from the Lee Smith novel, will be presented at Hopsewee Plantation. Musical accompaniment
is by Jeff Sebens of Cana, Virginia.
In a tale of passion, humor and drama, Molly Petree, orphaned by the Civil War, is “a spitfire and a burden” who risks everything to hold on to her own nature and to true love.
"The two Smiths seem made for each other. Barbara is a marvel as she seamlessly slips from character to character," cites the Asheville Citizen-Times. Lee Smith has said, “I am Barbara’s most avid fan and groupie, and Jeff is a genius as musical accompanist.”
Barbara is noted for her adaptation and Off-Broadway performance of“Ivy Rowe” from Lee Smith’s Fair and Tender Ladies, a show celebrating its twentieth year in 2010. Her other touring adaptations of Lee Smith’s works are the sampler “B. Smith Does Lee Smith” and “The Christmas Letters.” Original monologs “The C-Word: A Life-meets-Art Cancer Story” and “Confessions of a Clergy Wife,” along with “Our Own Stories” workshops, round out her touring repertoire.
A Southeastern Theatre “Best Actress” award winner, Barbara has recently played featured roles in regional productions of “Wit,”“Hamlet,” and “Doubt.”
North Carolina author Lee Smith has written twelve novels, including the best-seller The Last Girls, the ever-popular Fair and Tender Ladies, and Oral History; and four collections of short stories. Awards have included the Lila Wallace/ Readers’ Digest Award, the Southern Book Critics Circle Award, and the Fiction Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Enjoy a Southern Tea prior to the show or dinner after the show. For tickets or more information: 843.546.7891 or firstname.lastname@example.org For More Information
Hopsewee Plantation mention in Washington Post
Hopsewee was honored to have a great mention in Steven Roberts Washington Post article on May 30, 2010. Here's the link to the article and the excerpt.
"But some of the old plantations have been preserved. My wife, who has written several books on Colonial history, is fond of Hopsewee, just south of Georgetown. It was built in 1740 by Thomas Lynch Jr., sometimes called the "forgotten signer" of the Declaration of Independence. With walls of black cypress and floors of heart pine, this stately house on the banks of the North Santee River is the real thing, not a reconstruction. Only five families have owned it in 270 years; it's still in private hands, but public tours are available."
We would love to have you come and enjoy a tour of our "real thing!"
Weddings at Hopsewee
We've recently hosted some beautiful weddings at Hopsewee. We have a lovely setting for weddings and also our River Oaks Cottage Tea Room is the perfect setting for your reception or rehearsal dinner. Keep an eye out for our new weddings page, coming soon.