For decades now, lovers of South Carolina history have been able to take a peek in some of the most amazing churches, town houses and plantations in the region, thanks to the Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church’s Plantation Tour. The tour will be held March 28 and 29, 2014, and there are a limited number of tickets available, so make your plans now—tickets go on sale in January!
Most of the town houses and homes are privately owned and rarely open to the public, so it really is an unusual chance to see pre-revolutionary and antebellum buildings. The tours will include different houses each day, and they will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day—and most participants take the entire day to participate. Tickets are $40 for either a Friday or Saturday ticket, and two-day tickets are $70. Bag lunches are also available for a small fee.
Participants will get histories and maps showing the day’s routes, and hosts and hostesses will be on hand at each location to answer questions. You provide your own transportation along the tour, though only cars and trucks are allowed, due to the proliferation of low-hanging live oak branches along these historic streets.
In addition to the tour, the church will be selling home-baked goods, books from the Georgetown Historical Society, a Plantation Tours and Tastes cookbook, and original framed art from many local artists at the Parish Hall. There will also be an Oyster Roast and Pig Pickin’ Friday, March 28 at 6 p.m. at Hazzard Marine in Georgetown—tickets to that event are $25.
Details on how to get your tickets, as well as past years’ tour locations, are available at http://pgwinyah.com/plantation-tours.