Hopsewee, a South
Carolina's National Historic Landmark, is a preservation rather than a
restoration and has never been allowed to fall into decay as it has
always been cherished. 0nly five families have owned it, although it was
built almost 40 years before the Revolutionary War.
A visit to
Hopsewee on the North Santee River is like a step into a cool still spot
in history. Peace, quiet and beautiful vista of golden river and the
green and gray of moss-hung trees give one pause and time for
contemplation. Wooded trails add to the nature lover's pleasure.
house, still a private residence, is a typical low country rice
plantation dwelling of the early eighteenth century with four rooms
opening into a wide center hall on each floor, a full brick cellar and
attic rooms. The house has a lovely staircase and there is hand carved
molding in each room and random width heart pine floors are almost one
and one half inches thick. Constructed on a brick foundation which is
covered by scored tabby, the house is built of black cypress, which
probably accounts for the fact that it is basically the same house the
Lynches built 40 years before the Revolutionary War. It is furnished in
eighteenth and nineteenth century furniture.