Discover the history of the Low Country from the earliest settlement, (when Rice was King) to today. Learn how, Indians, Rice, Salt and Indigo shaped the scenery and society. The name, “Hobcaw” comes from the Native Americans and means “Between the Waters“. A barony was initially a massive piece of land that was then, broken up into plantations. A financier, Mr. Bernard Baruch purchased all the original plantations that were part of the original barony land grant, to recreate the 16,000 acre track. The land was then used for hunting, fishing and entertaining many very powerful guests. Among the visitors were people such as Winston Churchill and President Franklin Roosevelt. The tour includes the Main House, the Bellefield Plantation and Stables and Friend Field Village, which is the last 19th century village still standing on the Waccamaw Neck. The land is also a native wildlife and endangered species reserve. It functions as an unparalleled sight for research in the environmental sciences.
Next, it’s on to the Pawleys Island Hammock Shops for lunch and a bit of fabulous shopping, followed by a tour of the Island. The first European settlement on Pawleys Island came in the early 1700’s. The plantation owners and their families quickly developed the custom of fleeing their houses on the rivers and went to Pawleys in the late spring to escape the insects. This annual migration allowed the island to grow and develop into one of the oldest resort destinations in the nation. The Islands Historic District boasts housing dating from the mid-1800’s, all rich with interesting tales of love and loss and some of the most interesting Ghost Stories of the Low Country. A visit to All Saints Waccamaw Episcopal Church (circa 1776) is next on the itinerary, followed by a tour of Litchfield Beach.
ITINERY: Approximately 6 ½ hours
2) Gray Line Tour Guide
3) Admission to Hobcaw Barony, Bellefield Plantation and Stables
4) Pawley’s Island Hammock Shops
5) Tour of Pawley’s Historic District
6) All Saints Waccamaw Episcopal church and graveyard
7) Litchfield Beach
Tour does not include:
2) Driver & Tour Guide Gratuities
Departing from Myrtle Beach Convention Center 2100 Oak St., Myrtle Beach, SC, 29577 at 8:00am