This 16,000 acre research preserve started out as a colonial land grant in 1718 that was sold and subdivided into plantations. Soon thereafter, this land became a very profitable rice producer until the 20th century.
Native Americans dubbed the area "Hobcaw," which means ‘between the waters.' This is an appropriate name as it is located along the neck of the Waccamaw River in Georgetown County.
By 1736, Georgetown became an official port of entry, and the slaves working on the plantations, like Hobcaw in the Georgetown District, helped the area become the world's second-largest producer of Carolina Gold rice by 1850.
Today, visitors can experience what it was like to be a slave living on a plantation by exploring the still-intact cabins and understanding what resources were available during the late 1800s.
Here's a quick tip: Hobcaw offers programs dedicated to fly fishing, trail riding and photography so, enjoy more than just the history and scenery at Hobcaw Barony.