Hwy. 17, Georgetown • 843.546.4623 HobcawBarony.org
Hobcaw Barony is an extraordinary place, a private estate devoted to public purposes. Prior to Georgetown’s founding, Hobcaw Barony was given by the King of England to one of Carolina’s Lords Proprietors. By the time of the Civil War, fourteen rice, indigo and naval stores plantations were operating with the labor of enslaved Africans. Following the post-war decline in agriculture, Hobcaw’s wild game and inexpensive price lured Bernard M. Baruch, native South Carolinian turned Wall Street millionaire, to purchase the property as his winter hunting retreat.
For the first half of the 20th century, he entertained world leaders – industrialists, filmmakers, financiers, journalists, artists, and statesmen – including Winston Churchill and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Baruch’s daughter Belle, a sailor, pilot, and world class equestrienne, later purchased the Barony, considering it her permanent home. At her death the Belle W. Baruch Foundation was created to own and operate Hobcaw Barony as a center for environmental research and education. Access/entry to the property is only by guided tour or program.
Take a Tour
Daily educational van tours highlight Hobcaw’s natural and cultural history. This tour stops inside Wall Street financier Bernard Baruch’s 1930s house and drives by Belle Baruch’s home. Additionally, the tour visits Friendfield, a former slave village with an 1890 church and cabins which were built in 1840 and housed descendants of enslaved people until 1952. The two-hour introductory tour requires a little walking, tickets are $20 per person and recommended for patrons no younger than 8 years old. Hobcaw Barony hosts a myriad of additional tours and programs, such as hikes, oyster roasts, boat rides. Please check our Calendar of Events and visit the website for current offerings and to register.
Explore fabulous exhibits of ecology, history, and significant environmental research. Hobcaw Barony’s history is interpreted through Native American artifacts and pottery; pine plantation production tools; archaeological evidence of colonial ironwork and pottery; remnants of African American life; and photographs and objects from the Baruch family archives.
Located ten miles south of Pawleys Island and one mile north of Georgetown on Highway 17, open Monday – Friday, 9 AM-5 PM and Saturday, 9 AM-2 PM.