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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where should I begin my tour?
    We recommend beginning at the historic Prince George Parish Hall located at the corner of Highmarket Street and Screven Street. The Parish Hall is the central location for tour operations and opens at 9:00 a.m. on each day of the tour. At this location, you can buy day-of tickets (if available), obtain tour maps/brochures, pick up pre-purchased bagged lunches, and shop at the Tour Bazaar & Bake Sale. Then, you can visit the other end of the block to tour the historic Prince George Winyah church building and church yard. The tour brochure will provide a map of the tour sites open each day. When planning your tour, remember that the Afternoon Tea will be held in town each afternoon beginning at 3:30 p.m. at the Winyah Indigo Society Hall.
  • How do we travel to tour sites?
    Tour guests are responsible for their own transportation via non-commercial vehicle (e.g., sedan, SUV, minivan). Tour sites are located throughout Georgetown County, and some sites are accessed by dirt roads with low-hanging limbs or other hazards. Due to the risk of damage to roads and trees, commercial vehicles (such as buses or vans with capacity for more than 8 passengers) are expressly prohibited. Guests must use low-profile, non-commercial vehicles such as sedans or SUVs. Minivans are permitted only if the vehicle capacity does not exceed eight (8) passengers; any vehicle with seating capacity for more than eight (8) passengers is expressly prohibited.
  • Which properties will be on tour?
    We rely on the generosity of private property owners to volunteer their homes, properties, and gardens for the tour. Therefore, the list of tour sites changes from year to year. The list of sites is generally posted after January 1st each year. Follow us on Facebook to get notified when the list of tour sites is published each year. UPDATE: The list of tour sites for the 2024 tour has been published! Please click the button below to view the tour line-up.
  • Do you allow buses or other similar large vehicles?
    No. Due to the risk of damage to roads and trees, commercial vehicles (such as buses or vans with capacity for more than 8 passengers) are expressly prohibited. Guests must use low-profile, non-commercial vehicles such as sedans or SUVs. Minivans are permitted only if the vehicle capacity does not exceed eight (8) passengers; any vehicle with seating capacity for more than eight (8) passengers is expressly prohibited.
  • When is the next tour?
    The 2024 tour is scheduled for April 5-6, 2024, in Georgetown County, South Carolina.
  • What should I wear on tour?
    We recommend attire that is comfortable for walking outdoors and standing for long periods. Spring in the Lowcountry can be unpredictable, so check weather reports to ensure your attire is appropriate for the weather conditions. Do not wear shoes with heels, as the heels can damage floors and rugs.
  • What are the lunch options on tour?
    We recommend planning your itinerary ahead to account for lunch. Georgetown is home to many wonderful restaurants, but if you travel to sites located in the outward part of the county, you may wish to purchase bagged lunches with your tickets. Bagged lunches are $7.00 each and must be purchased in advance. Each bagged lunch includes a sandwich, chips, apple, dessert, and a prayer. The sandwiches are turkey salad on Friday and pimiento cheese on Saturday. The Friday dessert is a brownie, and the Saturday dessert is a slice of pound cake. We no longer offer a vegetarian option; we apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Can I buy tickets the day of the tour?
    Tickets are generally available for purchase the day of the tour. However, ticket quantities may be limited depending upon demand. We strongly recommend purchasing tickets in advance during the ticket pre-sale window.
  • How much are tickets?
    Single-day tickets (either Friday or Saturday) are $60 per person. Two-day tickets are $110 per person. The prices reflected above are for the 2024 tour. Ticket prices are subject to adjustment each year.
  • Do you accept credit cards, Venmo, Paypal, or other electronic payments?
    No. At this time, we do not accept electronic orders or payments. Pre-sale orders must be submitted via U.S. mail and paid via personal check. We are unable to accept online orders or electronic payments.
  • When is the ticket pre-sale?
    For the 2024 tour, ticket pre-sale orders will be accepted February 12-March 15, 2024. Orders received prior to February 12th or orders postmarked after March 15th will be returned unprocessed.
  • How do I purchase tickets?
    We recommend purchasing tickets in advance during the ticket pre-sale window. For 2024, the ticket pre-sale window is February 12-March 15, 2024. Pre-sale orders must be submitted via U.S. Mail and paid via personal check. We do not accept electronic orders or electronic payments at this time. Tickets are also generally available for purchase during the tour. However, day-of ticket quantities may be limited depending on demand.
  • Do you allow photography on tour?
    Photography is permitted on the outside grounds only. No photography is allowed inside the buildings.
  • What happens in the event of inclement weather?
    The tours proceed rain or shine. No refunds will be issued for inclement weather. We encourage guests to check weather forecasts and dress accordingly. While the tours will proceed, individual tour sites may close if inclement weather deteriorates road conditions.
  • Is the tour handicap accessible?
    Tour sites are private properties that homeowners graciously open up for our tour each year. Many of them are located in natural settings with dirt roads and uneven paths and feature historic elements (such as stairways and passageways) that are not constructed according to modern standards.
  • Can I get a refund?
    We do not issue refunds once an order is processed. If you are unable to attend, your ticket purchase will be considered a donation for outreach missions at home and abroad.
  • Are restrooms available on tour?
    Restrooms are available at the Prince George Parish Hall and at rest stops as marked on the tour brochure/map.
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