If you really want to get the feel of the past, take a trip south of Georgetown S.C. to the old rice plantation at Hopsewee, still privately owned. Even the road into the plantation is olde worlde…. Here are the helpful signs outside the plantation….
There are few bluffs in the coastal part of S.C. but Hopsewee is the Indian word for bluff, and there is one overlooking the Santee river…..and this is the beautiful setting for this house…. The front of the house, where Asbury once rested on one of his many preaching tours, faces the river itself, because most would access the house on the Santee river… Here is the carriage stone where one would step down from the carriage or horse, right in front of the house….. Rice plantations are rather different from cotton plantations in that they require coastal marshes in South Carolina. Here is a Gullah house, where some of the slaves stayed. . No they did not have satellite dishes back then.
But this 1740 home is no ordinary plantation baron’s home. It was the home of Thomas Lynch, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and his father would have been as well except for one problem, he had a stroke and couldn’t use his signing hand, which explains the blank space amongst the South Carolina signees. Notice the second column from the left at the bottom of the document, and note the blank space in it. (Picture kindly provided by the U.S. Government Archives). Thomas Lynch’s signature can be seen second from the bottom at the bottom of the second column from the left.