Tour of Historic Plantations & Homes
by Prince George Winyah Church Women
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When is the next tour?
The 2024 tour is scheduled for April 5-6, 2024. We strongly recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Advanced ticket orders will be accepted February 12, 2024, through March 15, 2024. For more information about purchasing tickets, visit the Ticket Info page.
Which properties will be on tour?
The Prince George Winyah Church Women rely on the generosity of property owners to volunteer their plantations, homes, 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.
How do I purchase tickets?
We recommend you purchase tickets in advance. Advance 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. Advanced ticket orders will be accepted February 12, 2024, through March 15, 2024.
Can I order tickets and pay online?
No. At this time, advanced ticket orders are accepted via U.S. Mail only. Payment must be made via personal check made payable to PLANTATION TOURS. For information about purchasing tickets, visit our Ticket Info page.
When should I order my tickets?
We recommend ordering as soon as tickets go on sale. Advanced ticket orders will be accepted February 12, 2024, through March 15, 2024.
Can I buy tickets the day of the tour?
Advanced tickets are highly recommended. Tickets will be sold the day of the tour if available. Those tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
What if I am unable to attend the tour?
If you are unable to attend the tour, your ticket purchase will be considered a donation for outreach missions at home and abroad.
What should I wear on the tour?
We recommend attire that is comfortable for walking outdoors and standing for long periods. Do not wear shoes with heels, as the heels can damage floors and rugs. Spring in the Lowcountry can be unpredictable, so check weather reports to ensure your attire is appropriate for the weather conditions.
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.
Are buses or large vehicles allowed?
No. Commercial and/or other large vehicles are expressly prohibited to prevent damage to roads and trees. Guests must use low-profile non-commercial vehicles. Any vehicle with capacity for more than eight (8) passengers is expressly prohibited.
Is photography permitted?
Photography is permitted on the outside grounds only. No photography is allowed inside the buildings.
Where should we begin the 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.
What options exist for lunch while 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.
What do the bagged lunches include?
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. Bagged lunches are $7.00 each and must be purchased in advance. We no longer offer a vegetarian option; we apologize for any inconvenience.
Are restrooms available on the tour?
Restrooms are available at the Prince George Parish Hall and at rest stops as marked on the tour brochure/map.
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.
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.