Georgetown, South Carolina, one of the oldest cities in the southeastern United States, has a history, rich in culture and elegance, as it once embodied genteel southern society in the manner it was before the Civil War. This was thanks primarily to the highly-lucrative rice and indigo plantations that were scattered throughout the area. In fact, between the 1700 and 1800s, Georgetown County was considered the wealthiest in the nation.
Many of the plantation homes that existed during the 18th and 19th Centuries have been carefully preserved and still remain in tact along the rivers that meander throughout the locale. In its 70th Annual event, the Prince George Plantation Tours offers guests the opportunity to travel back in time and experience these homes and gardens as they were hundreds of years ago. Starting on Friday, March 31, 2017 and culminating on April 1, the tours will take visitors inside most of the plantation homes, many of which are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Hosted by the Women of Saint George Parish, guests can pick up tickets, maps, brochures, and lunch at the Church Parish Hall, where the Tours begin. These historic excursions also take visitors to the other side of Plantation life, as guests have the chance to visit old slave cabins on many of the properties. A special glimpse into the Gullah culture will also be shared along the tours.
In addition to these intriguing trips into the past, the Prince George Men’s Ministry will host their annual Oyster Roast and Pig Pickin’ on Friday, March 31 at 6 p.m. Tickets to this event are $30 and go on sale on February 6, 2017.
If you would like to attend the Prince George Plantation Tours, reserve your tickets in advance, as day-of tickets are generally limited. Single-day tour tickets are $45, and two-day tickets are $80. A list of homes and sites included on the tour, as well as lunch requests for the day of the tour, can be found by visiting http://www.pgwinyah.org. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to learn more about the rich history of Georgetown!