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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.
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.
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.
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:
From Points South of Charleston:
From Kiawah and Seabrook Islands - We’re just around the corner!:
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.
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.