While the Cottages at North Beach Plantation is known for giving visitors to the Myrtle Beach area a taste of modern luxury, the Grand Strand is also home to plenty of noteworthy history. And for two days in late March, this history will be on display as some of the area’s most historic homes are featured during the 71st Annual Prince George Plantation & Town House Tours event in Georgetown, South Carolina.
For parts of the 18th and 19th centuries, historic Georgetown, founded in 1729 and located at the southern end of the Grand Strand, stood at the epicenter of genteel Southern society. Thanks in large part to the success of the area’s indigo and rice planters before the Civil War’s outbreak, Georgetown County at one time even stood as the wealthiest county in the nation. Reminders of these past riches can still be seen in the dozens of elegant plantation homes and gardens that remain in the county, many still beautifully preserved and furnished with remarkable period pieces.
Set for March 23-24, the Prince George Plantation & Town House Tours claims a special honor as South Carolina’s oldest historic home tour. This year’s event will highlight a set of 15 historic homes on Friday the 23rd, including Hampton Plantation, The Oaks Plantation, Rice Hope Plantation and Estherville Plantation. Tours will resume on Saturday the 24th, this time with a separate set of 15 historic homes on display, including Exchange Plantation, Chicora Wood Plantation, Arundel Plantation and Litchfield Plantation.
In addition to getting a chance to tour and learn more about these historic structures, many listed on the National Register of Historic Places, event attendees can:
Learn more about the rich Gullah culture, a living legacy of the slaves who lived and worked on some of the area plantations
Explore and purchase a range of original framed artwork for sale during the event, including works by area artists
Purchase homemade treats, baked goods and award-winning cookbooks available for sale at the event
Attend one of the popular Plantation Tours Teas held at the end of each tour day
Attend the annual Oyster Roast & Pig Pickin’ held after the tours on Friday, March 23 (requires additional $30 ticket purchase)
Admission to the 71st Annual Prince George Plantation & Town House Tours event is $45 for a single-day ticket or $80 for a two-day tour ticket, and advance purchase is highly recommended. Learn more and get your tickets at princegeorgeplantationtours.com.
When your day exploring the historic sites is done, head back to enjoy the modern amenities and conveniences at The Cottages at North Beach Plantation. Book your stay today for a Grand Strand getaway that combines the best of historic charm and modern conveniences.