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Charleston Tea Plantation is open for tours!



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Charleston Tea Plantation
America's Only Tea Plantation!

Charleston, South Carolina has a new attraction with the re-opening of Charleston Tea Plantation for tours on Friday, January 6th, 2006 following nearly three years of dedicated efforts by Bill Hall and the CTP Team to preserve and restore the farm and construct a state of the art tea processing facility.

Charleston Tea Plantation…better than ever!

A drive from historic downtown Charleston down Maybank Highway onto Wadmalaw Island is like a trip back in time. As you wind along the road look for our sign on the left hand side of Maybank Highway. Once you turn into Charleston Tea Plantation the first impression will be the sight of hundreds of thousands of tea plants (camellia sinensis) over acres and acres of rich and fertile Lowcountry land. Take a stroll under the grand oaks that lead you up to our brand new factory and enjoy the remarkable views from the porch (rocking chairs included!)….then step inside for a one of a kind experience.


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Inside you can browse around the Gift Shoppe—stocked with many interesting and exciting items—and take our very special, informative and educational factory tour. On the tour you will see and hear how the tea leaves growing in the fields at Charleston Tea Plantation are carefully processed for American Classic Tea.


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During the tour you will learn about the Wonderful World of Tea. As you return to the Gift Shoppe, sample American Classic Tea—fresh brewed and iced to perfection.

Your visit isn’t complete….stroll back outside into the open fields to see how we are expanding the number of tea plants at Charleston Tea Plantation in the propagation demonstration display. With any luck you might get a glimpse of our “Green Giant”—it’s a one-of-a kind vehicle that harvests the tea leaves in the fields. Simply relax and enjoy the splendor that is Charleston Tea Plantation.

Whenever you are in the Charleston area, Charleston Tea Plantation is now open for your enjoyment.

Charleston Tea Plantation Hours of Operation

Wednesday through Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm
Sunday: noon to 4 pm

Directions to Charleston Tea Plantation

From Charleston: Take Ashley River Bridge (US17), stay left to Folly Rd. (SC171), turn right onto Maybank Hwy. (SC700) for 18 miles, look for entrance sign on the left.

From Charleston Airport and I-26:
Take I-526 West, take a right onto Savannah Hwy. (US17) for 4.8 miles, turn left onto Main Rd., follow Main Rd. to Maybank Hwy. (SC700), turn right onto Maybank Hwy. for 10 miles, look for entrance sign on the left.

From Points South of Charleston:
From Savannah Hwy. (US17), turn right onto Main Rd., follow Main Rd. to Maybank Hwy. (SC700), turn right onto Maybank Hwy. for 10 miles, look for entrance sign on the left.

From Kiawah and Seabrook Islands - We’re just around the corner!:
Take Bohicket Rd. to Maybank Hwy. (SC700), turn left onto Maybank Hwy. for 10 miles, look for entrance sign on the left.



From the Farm

We completed the 2005 growing season with a record harvest for Charleston Tea Plantation. Over the past three seasons we have more than doubled the tonnage of fresh leaf each year. This is good news for all American Classic Tea drinkers. More and more tea lovers will enjoy the fresh, smooth and original flavor of American Classic Tea that has made it a Southern favorite for many years.

Our irrigation system, including the pump houses, has been rebuilt and expanded. Propagation, to expand the planted acreage, is an on-going project that will continue for many years.


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The Bigelow Family and Bill Hall are proud to have reopened one of America’s treasures for your enjoyment…America’s only tea garden…Charleston Tea Plantation…home of American Classic Tea.

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About Bigelow Tea:
R. C. Bigelow, Inc. has produced quality teas for taste-and health-conscious consumers since 1945. Based in Fairfield, CT, the company takes pride in its family heritage and its successful growth into one of the nation’s leading specialty tea makers. Today Bigelow Tea offers a wide variety of gourmet teas, everything from flavored teas, traditional teas, green tea, herbal tea, decaffeinated tea, decaf tea, caffeine free tea, iced teas, Constant Comment® tea blend, loose tea, tea gifts, gourmet tea gift baskets, tea pots, tea chests, tea canisters, tea gift boxes, and tea gift accessories in our online tea gift shop. Read more »

The Bigelow Tea Company is still owned and managed by the Bigelow family who approach the manufacture of Bigelow teas, green tea, herbal tea, flavored teas, decaf tea, caffeine free tea, tea gift baskets, tea gift boxes, gourmet tea gifts, tea pots, tea strainers, holiday tea gifts, Christmas tea gifts and even Xmas Tea Gifts with the same enthusiasm Ruth Bigelow possessed more than 60 years ago. Shop online for: flavored tea gifts, traditional tea gifts, green tea gifts, herbal tea gifts, decaffeinated tea gifts, decaf tea gifts, caffeine free tea gift, iced tea gifts, loose tea gifts, tea gift boxes, tea gift baskets, tea pots, tea accessories, and America’s number one specialty tea flavor, Constant Comment Tea. The Bigelow Tea online tea shop has many holiday tea gift baskets, Christmas tea gift boxes, and xmas tea gift sets on sale now and ready for immediate delivery.

The History of Tea:
Today tea is consumed by more people and in greater quantity than any beverage except water. Tea is beverage made from tea leaves. The plant, Camellia sinensis, Thea sinensis, or thea, is an evergreen related to the camellia and indigenous to Assam India and also to parts of China and Japan. The lanceolate tea leaves are dark green, the blossom is cream-colored and fragrant. The flavor of tea is due to volatile oils, its stimulating properties to caffeine, and its astringency to the tannin content. Tea is produced from the leaves or flowers and a wide variety of other plants. The largest tea grower in the world is China. Tea requires a protected habitat in a warm climate with much rainfall in order to grow. R. C. Bigelow, Inc. has produced quality teas including, herbal tea, green tea, decaf tea, flavored tea, iced tea, and more for taste and health conscious consumers since 1945. Welcome to Bigelow Tea!
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