Friday, July 31, 2015

South Carolina, The Adventure Continues

My family loves the beach.  Period.  There is nothing else to say.  However, even too much of a good thing can get boring.  So, our next stop on our South Carolina vacation, we decided to take the kids to Georgetown for another history lesson.

Hopsewee Plantation, built before the Revolutionary War and located along the North Santee River, belonged to Thomas Lynch, Jr., who was born and raised there and one of the four signers of the Declaration of Independence.  His father was supposed to sign it, but he got ill (possibly a stroke) and passed away before he could.  There is a space on the document where his signature was to be.  The younger Lynch set sail for France after contacting an illness, but their ship was lost at sea.

Originally a rice plantation, the home has had only had five families live there and is still occupied today.

After the visit to the plantation, we took a walk along the harbor and viewed some historic homes. Because it was a lot warmer, we stopped for some homemade ice cream at Sweeties Sweets.  I have to say that it was the BEST ice cream I've had for a while! Later, we did a little shopping at Tomlinson's and Joyfilled Gift & Yarn Shop.  It was a quaint little town and one I would definitely visit again.

Lane going up to the home at Hopsewee Plantation. 

Hopsewee Plantation.

Santee River, where the rice was cultivated.

Grounds on the plantation.

Harborwalk in Georgetown.

Pier on the Harborwalk.

 Some of the historic homes we viewed.

Sweeties Sweets. Yum!

Tomlinson's, where we picked up a few souvenirs.

Joyfilled Gift & Yarn Shop.  The ladies here were so gracious!

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