If you are considering planning a vacation to Charleston in the near future, you should remember to check out the Charleston Tea Plantation. Before you visit this historical Charleston site, here’s what you should know:
The Charleston Tea Plantation is located on historic Wadmalaw Island in the heart of the Lowcountry of South Carolina. The history of the Island dates back to mid-June of 1666 when it is believed that Captain Robert Sanford and the crew of the Berkeley Bay landed on the shores of what is now known as Rockville, South Carolina. On June 23, 1666, he and his crew claimed the land for England and the Lords Proprietors. Today, Wadmalaw is considered to be one of Charleston’s most unspoiled islands. It is approximately 10 miles long and 6 miles wide. The Island’s only connection to the mainland is a bridge that crosses over Church Creek.
Home to The Charleston Tea Plantation, Wadmalaw provides the perfect environment for propagating tea. With its sandy soils, sub-tropical climate and average rainfall of 52 inches per year, Wadmalaw possess idyllic conditions for the Camellia Sinensis plant. This plant is currently used to produce both black and green teas and exists in over 320 varieties on the 127 acre grounds of the Charleston Tea Plantation.
The Plantation sits right off Maybank Highway. Driving down Maybank is like taking a step back in time. Wadmalaw has not and cannot be commercially developed, therefore much of the land remains untouched. The Island is also home to other unique and historic attractions such as Irvin-House Vineyards, the only domestic winery in Charleston, South Carolina. (Charleston Tea Plantation)
The Charleston Tea Plantation was actually bought in 2003 by the Bigelow Family, who formed a partnership with the former owner, William Barclay Hall. This partnership has allowed the Bigelow family to imbue the Charleston Tea Plantation with their years of knowledge and expertise resulting in both preservation as well as some transformation. The Bigelow partnership has helped the company reach higher levels of growth and enabled the farm to offer a new experience for visitors.
If you visit the plantation, you will witness acres and acres of tea plants and will have the opportunity to learn first-hand how tea is made. The Charleston Tea Plantation offers factory tours and trolley rides throughout the farm and premises to give you a true taste of how this popular drink is made.