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Hopsewee (Georgetown County, South Carolina).jpg
Hopsewee in 1971
Hopsewee is located in South Carolina
Hopsewee is located in the US
Nearest city Georgetown, South Carolina
Coordinates 33°12′38″N 79°23′5″W / 33.21056°N 79.38472°W / 33.21056; -79.38472Coordinates: 33°12′38″N 79°23′5″W / 33.21056°N 79.38472°W / 33.21056; -79.38472
Built 1735
NRHP Reference # 71000782
Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 25, 1971[1]
Designated NHL November 11, 1971[2]

Hopsewee Plantation, also known as the Thomas Lynch, Jr., Birthplace or Hopsewee-on-the-Santee, is a plantation house built in 1735 near Georgetown, South Carolina. It was the birthplace of Thomas Lynch, Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and served as a Lowcountry rice plantation. Before he departed for his ill fated voyage he made a will, which stipulated that heirs of his female relatives must change their surname to Lynch in order to inherit the family estate, a rice plantation. He was taken ill at the end of 1779 and he sailed, with his wife, for St. Eustatius in the West Indies. Their ship disappeared at sea in a storm and was never found. The family estate, Hopsewee, still stands in South Carolina. The Lynch family sold the house in 1752 to Robert Hume whose son, John Hume, lived at Hopsewee in the winter after inheriting it. Upon his death in 1841, his own son, John Hume Lucas, inherited the house. John Hume Lucas died in 1853. Like many Santee plantations, it was abandoned during the Civil War. After the war, rice was never planted again, but the Lucas family continued to occupy Hopsewee until 1925. In September 1949, Col. and Mrs. Wilkinson bought the house and occupied it.[3]

Hopsewee in 1971

According to the National Park Service, "the frame building, a fine example of a Carolina "low country" plantation house, shows West Indian influence, with its double-tiered piazza and dormered hip roof."[2] The house is made of black cypress and rests on a brick foundation which forms a cellar. The house is forty feet wide and fifty feet deep. Each floor has four rooms with a central hall. The piazzas were added in 1845 and replace an earlier verandah.

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1971.[2][4]

It is located about 13 miles south of Georgetown on U.S. Highway 17, in the vicinity of North Santee on the North Santee River.[4][5]

The house continues to be a private residence, but is open to the public for tours. It is furnished with 18th and 19th century period furniture.

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c "Hopsewee". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  3. ^ Walter S. McDonald (Jan 30, 1950). "Birthplace of Thomas Lynch, Jr., Is Little Changed in 200 Years". Charleston News & Courier. p. 12. Retrieved Nov 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Charles W. Snell (June 4, 1971). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Hopsewee (Thomas Lynch, Jr., Birthplace) / Hopsewee-on-the-Santee" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying five photos, exterior and interior, from 1970 and 1971 (32 KB)
  5. ^ "Hopsewee". National Register Properties in South Carolina listing. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 

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