Enjoy 250+ years of Low Country history from the earliest settlement to today. Learn how Indians, Rice and Salt shaped the Low Country scenery and society. The Hobcaw Barony’s 16,000 acres of history and ecology is a privatelyowned research reserve that represents every environment in the Low Country. Naval stores, indigo, and rice production ended by 1905 when the land was purchased by Bernard Baruch. A native South Carolinian and Wall Street financier, he and other millionaires hunted the ducks, deer, and wild turkeys on this winter retreat. This adventure includes a tour inside the 1930s home that played host to politicians, generals, and newspapermen as well as Winston Churchill and President Franklin Roosevelt.
In addition to the Hobcaw House, the tour includes a drive by Bellefield Plantation and stables, the home of Belle Baruch who owned the property by 1956, and a drive through Friendfield Village, the last 19th century village on the Waccamaw Neck. Also learn about the coastal ecosystems, native wildlife, and endangered species of the Low country. Next, it’s on to Pawleys Island Hammock Shops for lunch and a bit of shopping, followed by a tour of the Main Island. The first European settlement of Pawleys Island came in the early 1700s, when barony land grants ran from the River to the Beaches. The Plantation Owners quickly developed the custom of fleeing to the beautiful beaches of Pawleys Island in late Spring which allowed the area to grow and develop into one of the oldest resort destinations in the nation.
The Island’s Historic District boasts housing dating from the mid-1800s, all rich with interesting tales of love and loss and some of the most famous and fascinating Ghost Stories of the Low Country. A visit to All Saint’s Waccamaw Episcopal Church, circa 1776, is next on the itinerary, followed by a trip to Brookgreen Gardens, which houses the most comprehensive collection of American sculptures in the country, displayed throughout an expansive, remarkable array of gardens. Just when you thought the day was over, a quick ride through Murrells Inlet and maybe a Pirate Tale!
2) Gray Line Tour Guide
3) Admission to Hobcaw Barony, The Discovery Center, Bellefield Plantation & Stables
4) Admission to Brookgreen Gardens
5) Tour of Pawleys Island Historic District
6) Pawleys Island Hammock Shops
7) All Saints Waccamaw Episcopal Church and Graveyard
8) Murrells Inlet Tour
2) Driver or Tour Guide Gratuities
Monday, August 30
Price Per Person: $92.00
Tour Departs at 8 AM
(Please arrive 15 minutes early)