John and Janet 2011 Atlantic Coast travel blog

Charleston Tea Plantation

Our Trolley

Getting Ready To Tour

Tea Fields

Rows of Tea

and More Tea

Tea Blossom

The Factory

South Carolina Made

Good Stop

Route 17

The Charleston campground is beautiful. Its location is perfect. However, Route 17 is under construction. The traffic is beyond our tolerance levels.

We decide to head south. We loop around Charleston. Not wanting to give up on the area completely, we head to the Charleston Tea Plantation. The plantation advertises itself as America’s only Tea Garden.

We head to Wadmalaw Island. The road we are on is a South Carolina Scenic Byway. I wonder what we will find. We are traveling off-route again. We see a small sign.

“Is this it?”


It turns out to be a great stop. There is a trolley ride around the fields of tea plants. This is our speed. Our guide explains tea harvesting. The harvesting season ran until the end of October. The plants are now in bloom.

I like the philosophy of our trolley driver. In the morning, it is important to start out slow. Then, you need to taper off. We can appreciate this.

There is a factory tour. The factory is small and obviously not operating. However, three stops with videos show the processing of tea. The tea made here is Bigalow Tea. Wow, my favorite. Yes, you can sample the tea for free!

After our visit, we head further south. We are still using Route 17. We love this route. I find myself taking pictures from the window. We stop in Yemassee, SC. Tomorrow we should make it to Georgia.

Campground: Point South KOA

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