Ramble through history on tour of Cooper River plantations

  • Thursday, October 17, 2013

Several historic plantations along the Cooper River will be open for tours during the SC Historical Society's annual fall tour Sunday, Oct. 27.

The South Carolina Historical Society announces its annual fall tour through the Cooper River Historic District. On Sunday, Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., members of the Historical Society will enjoy exploring beautiful plantations, churches and ruins and lunching in the peaceful gardens of Mepkin Abbey.

Tickets are $65 per person. This price includes access to all of the sites and catered lunch at Mepkin Abbey from noon to 3 p.m. Purchase tickets at www.southcarolinahistoricalsociety.org.

Cooper River Ramblings, this self-guided tour, will focus on the fertile region around the meeting of the east and west branches of the Cooper River.

The region was home to some of the oldest settlements and industry in South Carolina and, in the eighteenth century, thrived as a center of rice cultivation and saw the emergence of some of South Carolina’s grandest plantations.

Many of these plantations were acquired in the nineteenth century by northerners seeking warmer climates and the historic properties largely remained preserved today.

Stops on the tour include Middleburg Plantation, Mulberry Plantation, Mepkin Abbey, Cedar Hill Plantation, Cainhoy Plantation, the Sir John Nesbitt House, the Comingtree Plantation ruins, Taveau Memorial Church and Cemetery and more.

Currently in its 158th year of collecting, preserving and publishing the history of the Palmetto State, the South Carolina Historical Society, headquartered at the Robert Mills Fireproof Building in Charleston, is the state’s oldest historical society and one of its largest private manuscript archives. Since its founding in 1855, the society has been the guardian of South Carolina’s written past, and without its safekeeping, countless vital historic documents would have been lost.

For more than 100 years, the society has published a quarterly scholarly journal, the South Carolina Historical Magazine. During that time, more than 1,500 articles regarding the history of our state and the genealogy of its residents have appeared within the pages of the Historical Magazine. The society also publishes a newsletter, Carologue, which is sent out quarterly to its more than 3,400 members.

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