72nd ANNUAL PLANTATION TOURS
March 29th and 30th, 2019
Sponsored by the Diocesan Church Women
of Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church
Georgetown, South Carolina, founded in 1729, is located in the heart of an area which was once the epitome of genteel southern society prior to the Civil War. The indigo and rice planters of the 18th and 19th centuries rose to a level of wealth that at one time made Georgetown County the wealthiest county in the entire United States.
Dozens of elegant plantation homes and gardens left by these elite gentlemen surround the town along our five rivers, and many of the homes built by them in the downtown historic district remain beautifully preserved. Old slave cabins can still be seen on several of the properties which offers a rare glimpse into the past. Even the elegant furnishings of the homes often have a story to tell. Whether they were brought over the Atlantic on a colonial crossing or bundled upstate for refuge during the Civil War you will see exceptional examples of period pieces all along the tours. The antebellum plantation culture also produced a rich heritage among the slaves of this area known as Gullah. We take pride in the rich Gullah culture that is still with us today and share it with you throughout your visit with us.
Every spring, the Women of Prince George Parish host the Prince George Plantation and Town House Tours. The dates of the 2019 event are Friday, March 29th and Saturday, March 30th. Our visitors are able to go inside most of the elegant dwellings on tour and take a step back in time. Many of them are on the National Register of Historical Places. You can begin the day's tour at our Church Parish Hall, where visitors can pick up tickets, maps, brochures and bag lunches.
In addition, the Parish Hall offers beautiful original framed artwork for sale by renowned local artists, many of them members of the church. Homemade treats, baked goods and our national award winning 'Plantation Tours and Tastes' cookbooks are all available for purchase. Books from the Georgetown Historical Society featuring many of the homes and plantations on tour will also be on sale.
At day’s end, visitors are invited to the very popular Plantation Tours Tea, hosted by the ladies of Prince George Parish at the historic Winyah Indigo Society Hall from 3:30 until 5:30 each day of the tour.
In addition to the afternoon tours, our annual Oyster Roast & Pig Pickin’ hosted by the Prince George Men's Ministry will be on Friday, March 29th at 6PM. The cost is only $30 per ticket (cash bar) for this fabulous event. Advance tickets are requested to attend this event. 2019 TICKETS go on sale on February 4, 2019 (no tickets sold before that date).
Tour Tickets must be purchased by mail, in advance. Single-day tour tickets are $45 each and two-day tour tickets are $80. Advance ticket sales get underway February 4th, 2019 and will be available for purchase until March 15th, 2019. We highly recommend that you order your tickets in advance to ensure your spot, especially if you have to travel, please make sure your tickets have been secured before you arrive. Day-of-the-event tickets are very limited and offered on a first-come-first-serve basis each morning at 9:00am in the Parish Hall for that day's tour only.
To find out more about the Plantation Tours, list of plantations and homes on the tour and to purchase tickets please visit the Plantation Tour website listed below.