Plantation Tours in Georgetown, SC

On March 22 &23, 2013 , just south of Pawleys Island, some of the most beautiful, historic plantation homes and churches in the Georgetown, South Carolina area will be graciously shared with the Episcopal Church Women of Prince George, Winyah Parish, and will be open for ticket holders between 9:30am– 5pm.

The Sixty-Sixth Annual Plantation Tour offers a different group of pre-Revolutionary and antebellum  homes in downtown Georgetown, on area plantations and even some churches each day. Visitors are invited to the Winyah Indigo Society Hall for tea each afternoon. In the Prince George Parish Hall, home baked goods, original framed art from local artists, books from the Georgetown Historical Society, and the church’s award winning cookbook, PLANTATION TOURS AND TASTES, will be available for sale.

Histories and maps showing the routes for the day are provided with tickets.  Hosts and hostess will be on hand to answer questions concerning the houses that are open. Visitors provide their own transportation.  Only cars and vans are allowed on the tours because of the many low-hanging oak limbs and soft roadbeds.  (no buses)

All Visitors are requested to wear low heeled shoes for their own comfort, as well, as for the protection of the old floors and rugs. You are also reminded that no photographs may be taken inside homes.

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Things to Do: Georgetown Plantation Tours

The annual Plantation Tour is one of the best events to check out.

Tour plantations and town houses in and near Georgetown on March 25th and 26th, 2011. The majority of the plantations and town houses are privately owned and graciously shared with the Episcopal Church Women of Prince George, Winyah Parish, once a year. Visitors are invited to the Winyah Indigo Society Hall for tea each afternoon. Houses will be open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. Only cars and vans are allowed on the tours because of the many low-hanging oak limbs and soft roadbeds. Advance tickets available by mail only. Sale of advance tickets ends on March 11, 2011. Same day tickets will be on sale at the Parish Hall each morning IF AVAILABLE.

3/25/2011 9:30 AM – 3/26/2011 5:00 PM
Contact: Mrs. Lisa Collins
Price: $35/day

Things to Do: Guided Birding Trip

Winter Wings – January 21st – A guided birding trip through the forests and marshes of Hobcaw Barony, with emphasis on the shorebirds that congregate on marsh banks at high tide. Dress warm. Bring water, snack, and binoculars (if you have them).

Cost: $10/person; weather permitting;

Limited to 14 participants; call to register.

More information HERE

The Belle W. Baruch Foundation
Hobcaw Barony
22 Hobcaw Road
Georgetown, SC 29440
Telephone: (843) 546-4623
FAX: (843) 545-7231

Things to Do: Plantation River Tours in Murrells Inlet

Located in Murrells Inlet SC, just a few miles south of Myrtle Beach, Plantation River Tours offers comfortable, relaxing boat tours along the beautiful Waccamaw, Black, and Great Pee Dee rivers.
The Waccamaw Lady departs from Wacca Wache Marina.

Sightseeing Cruise
A two-hour river cruise along the historic Waccamaw River and plantations. Along the ride you will see rice plantations, trunk gates, slave cabins, moss-laden oak trees, alligators, eagles and osprey. Your narrator will be a local historian, educating you on the history, mystery and legends of the Rice Plantations.

Plantations along the cruise include:
  • Arundel PlantationArundel Plantation – This plantation received its name from Arundel Castle, seat of the Duke of Norfolk located on the Arun River, Sussex, England.
  • Chicora Wood Plantation – Elizabeth Alston, RFW Allston’s daughter, acquired Chicora Wood after her mother’s death in 1896.
  • Exchange Plantation – Owned by David McDowell in 1822. May be named because he got it in exchange for another piece of property.
  • Hasty Point Plantation – Tradition says the plantation was named when General Francis Marion made a hurried escape from the British during the American Revolution.
  • Squirrel Creek Plantation – The house that stands today is the second house built, the first house burned between 1827 – 1841. The SC Department of Natural Resources now manages this area.
  • Willbrook Plantation – The Tucker family was the original owner. Jesse Metcalf, 1936; then sold to the Hunter family; and then to the Litchfield-by-the-Sea Partnership Inc.
Call 843-651-2994 for current trip times.
Tickets can be purchased at Wacca Wache Marina. Adults: $30.00; Youth (6-16): $15.00.
Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards are accepted.

For Reservations & Scheduling
Call 843-651-2994



Horse Drawn Carriage Tours in Georgetown?

The tram and walking tours used to help visitors  see and learn more about the City of Georgetown could soon be joined by horse-drawn carriages.

This week, the Georgetown City Planning Commission will consider an ordinance that would regulate horse drawn carriage tours.

The action being taken because the city has received some inquiries from individuals who would like to operate such a service in the Historic District, said City Planner Elizabeth Tucker.

One of the questions the new ordinance will have to answer is where the horses will be allowed.  However, loading and unloading of passengers will not be allowed on city-owned property.

If such a tour is started in Georgetown, the carriage design must be approved by the city’s Architectural Review Board. No advertising will be allowed on the carriages.

The proposed ordinance also stipulates the tours will have to be halted anytime the temperature exceeds 95 degrees

Things to Do at Pawleys Island: Guided Tours

Carolina Safari Jeep Tours
Pick Up at Most Resorts,Myrtle Beach
(843) 497 – 5330
Get Wild about Wildlive!  Travel to exciting ecosystems:  the salt marsh, cypress swamp & fresh water.  See the egret, great blue heron, american bald eagle, osprey, wood stork & ibis.

Coastal Exploration
Huntington Beach State Park,Pawleys Island
(843) 237 – 4440
This series will give you  the opportunity to explore the mysteries of the Carolina coast as park naturalists lead you into the fascinating worlds of wildlife, ecology and history.  You can study the diverse ecology of a salt marsh, get an up-close look at an american alligator, use a seine net to collect some of the unusual sea creatures that inhabit the Atlantic Ocean or tour the Huntington’s castle, Atalaya.

Dolphin Watch
Capt. Dicks,Murrells Inlet
(843) 651 – 3676
The dolphin watch goes aboard the “OSPREY” a high-speed rigid aluminum inflatable vessel well suited for dolphin watching. Tour emphasizes the ecology, wildlife, and beauty of the coast. The cruise host will talk to you about dolphins in the wild and explain the search methods while looking for other things such as Osprey, Egrets, Herons, and Eagles. Remember, this is a fun and adventure trip on the ocean for all ages, so sunscreen and sunglasses are a good idea. You could get wet from the wave spray so dress comfortably.

Island Shelling Adventure
Capt. Dick’s,Murrells Inlet
(843) 651 – 3676
This is a one of a kind adventure to your own private palm covered beach. Enjoy a thrilling ride down the beautiful South Carolina coast to a pristine undeveloped beach. Then hop on our unique kayaks to take a short paddle to the beach for shell collecting, beach combing, or just kick’n back. Approximately 4 ½ hours with refreshments and all equipment included. NO OTHER TOUR GOES WHERE WE DO!

Lowcountry Plantation Tours
711 Front Street,Georgetown
(843) 477 – 0287
Plantation River Tours, Lighthouse & Shell Island Tour, & Ghost Story & Harbor Tours.

Ocean Sightseeing
Capt. Dick’s,Murrells Inlet
(843) 651 – 3676
Departing from historic Murrells Inlet, passing through the tranquil natural beauty of a saltwater marsh, out into the majestic Atlantic Ocean. You will cruise up the shoreline of the Grand Strand, seeing the Myrtle Beach skyline from the ocean, watching the sunset at sea – returning with the sights of the lights from the shore. A memorable event for the entire family. Experience the extraordinary view of the grand strand from the ocean, it’s piers, hotels, beach homes, and pavilions, from the decks of our modern cruise vessels. Departing from Murrells Inlet, “The Seafood Capital of South Carolina.” Wave to all the Strand’s visitors as you pass them by on your way to a glorious sunset at sea! Approximately 2 Hours.

Old South Carriage Tours
2 Anson Street in The Market,Charleston
(843) 723 – 9712
Tour the historic streets of Downtown Charleston by horse drawn carriage!

Saltwater Marsh Explorer
Capt. Dick’s,McClellanville
(866) 557 – 3474
DISCOVER the amazing collection of plants, animals, birds and marine life that make up the best example in nature of a complete Ecosystem. Not an artificial environment like a zoo or aquarium, this is the real thing. Our discover tour is interactive. Various nets and dredges are employed to retrieve specimens from beneath the water. Specimens go into onboard touch-tanks where they can be seen, observed and when appropriate touched and held. All living specimens are returned to the water. There’s also a fishing demonstration and a beach walk along a barrier island not accessible by car. An added bonus- not every trip, but frequently we encounter bottle nosed dolphins (FLIPPER) on our tours, a real treat. All Explorer vessels are rest room equipped.

SpiritLine Harbor Tour
205 King Street, Suite 204,Charleston
(843) 722 – 2628
Come discover the history, beauty and fun of cruising Charleston Harbor…perfect whether you’re a history buff, or just want to enjoy the water!

Tours of Hobcaw Barony
Hobcaw Barony,Georgetown
(843) 546 – 4623
This three hour van tour requires little walking but includes highlights of Hobcaw’s history. Once eleven plantations, the property was bought in 1905-07 by Bernard Baruch, native South Carolinian and Wall Street financier. At this winter retreat he and other millionaires hunted ducks, deer and wild turkeys throughout the 17,500 acres. The van stops for a tour inside his 1930 mansion that played host to politicians, generals and newspapermen as well as Winston Churchill and President Franklin Roosevelt.

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