Hopsewee Plantation – aso known as Hopsewee-on-the-Santee – was the birthplace and childhood home of Thomas Lynch, Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence for the state of South Carolina. Built by Thomas Lynch, Sr. in the 1740s, Hopsewee is a two-and-one-half story frame structure on a brick foundation with a two-story porch. Much of the inside of the main house (e.g., the mantels, wainscoting, and heart pine floors etc) are original materials. Thomas Lynch, Jr. was a member of the first and second provincial congress from 1774-1776, the constitutional committee for South Carolina in 1776, and of the first state General Assembly in 1776. Hopsewee Plantation was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1971. You can read about the modern history of Hopsewee here.
Also, don’t forget to check out the the Tea Room at the River Oak Cottage at Hopsewee while you’re there.