Ongoing Activities

The Litchfield Beautification Foundation will have a display of 80 American flags along the Litchfield corridor Hwy 17 medians from Sandy Island Road to Baskerville Road on Armed Forces Day (May 18), Memorial Day weekend (May 25, 26 & 27), Flag Day (June 14), Independence Day (July 4). For more information or to make a donation, LBF29585.com.

Freewoods Farm in Burgess (9515 Freewoods Road off U.S. 707) is the only African-American historical living farm museum in the United States, devoted to recognizing and perpetuating the contributions of African-American farmers.  843.650.9139, or FreewoodsFarm.com.  Brookgreen Gardens a National Historic Landmark containing the Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington Sculpture Garden with more than 550 works of American sculpture and the Lowcountry History and Wildlife Preserve, is located on U.S. 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island. The Gullah Geechee Program Series presents “Taak Dat Taak (Talk That Talk)” every Wednesday at 1 PM in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium.  The program is free with garden admission.  Creek Excursions, aboard the Springfield pontoon boat, and Trekker excursions overland are offered daily (separate fees, $8 adults, $4 children). Whispering Wings Butterfly Experience features a lush garden filled with tropical plants where hundreds of butterflies soar through the air. Daily through Oct. 15, 10 AM-4:30 PM, adults $4, children $3 for a 30-minute timed visit, in addition to garden admission. Gardens open daily 9:30 AM-5 PM, $18 (adults 13-64), $16 (seniors 65+), $10 (children 4-12), free (children 3 and under); admission good for seven days, excursions additional.  843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.

Hobcaw Barony presents an educational and enlightening van tour of the plantation, including highlights of Hobcaw’s natural and cultural history. The two-hour bus tour requires little walking, stopping for a tour inside Wall Street financier Bernard Baruch’s 1930 house, where politicians, generals and newspapermen were hosted, and driving by Belle Baruch’s home at Bellefield Plantation, Friendfield, a former African American village, and research laboratories in use by universities. Mon.-Sat., 10 AM & 11 AM, $20 per person, reservations required. For more information, see Heritage Sites in this issue, 843.546.4623 or HobcawBarony.org.  Fly Fishing at Hobcaw Barony. Schedule a fly fishing expedition at Hobcaw Barony with Capt. Steve Thomas, USCG licensed guide. 843.397.0592 or 843.546.4623, HobcawFlyFishing.com.

Rover Boat Tours to Hobcaw Barony on the Carolina Rover. This 3-hour tour cruises across the Winyah Bay toward the Great Pee Dee River, giving view to majestic oak trees and the abandoned rice fields of Hobcaw Barony. The boat arrives at Hobcaw Barony pier where you disembark to begin your tour of Bernard Baruch’s winter hunting retreat.  Continue over to view the smokestack of the USS Harvest Moon, a Civil War Flagship, then cross Winyah Bay to the historic site of Battery White, built by the Confederates to defend Winyah Bay during the American Civil War. Docking begins 30 minutes before scheduled tour at the Rover Kiosk, 735 Front Street, Georgetown. Reservations are required for 11/21 (Noon-3 PM), check the website for additional dates in the new year, $38 (12 years & over), $30 (11 years & under), 843.546.8822 or RoverBoatTours.com.  Georgetown County Library (405 Cleland St., Georgetown) hosts three major library collections where you can explore Georgetown County’s storied past: The Patricia Doyle Local History Room, The Georgetown County Digital, and The Heritage Center. Mon.-Thurs., 8:30 AM-7 PM, Fri.-Sat., 8:30 AM-5:30 PM, Sun., 2-5 PM, 843.545.3300 or GeorgetownCountyLibrary.  sc.gov.

Georgetown County Museum (120 Broad St., Georgetown). The museum is packed with fascinating exhibits revealing the history of the city and county. Open Tues.-Fri. from 11 AM-4 PM and Sat., 11 AM-3 PM, free admission (donations welcome), 843.545.7020 or GeorgetownCountyMuseum.  com.

Hampton Plantation (1950 Rutledge Rd., McClellanville). Enjoy a 40-minute rangerled house tour through one of SC’s oldest unrestored plantation homes. Grounds open daily, 9 AM-6 PM, free. Mansion tour Fri.-Tues., 10 AM, 12 PM and 2 PM, $7.50/ adult, $3.75/SC senior, $3.50/child (6-16), 843.546.9361 or southcarolinaparks.com/ hampton.

Kaminski House Museum (1003 Front St., Georgetown). Of the more than 60 antebellum homes in Georgetown, the Kaminski House stands out as one of the most representative of the Georgian style of the era. Built on a bluff overlooking the Sampit River, the Kaminski House is typical of the Lowcountry “single house” style of the mid-18th century. Tours Mon.-Sat., 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM, or by reservation;

Museum Shop open 10 AM-5 PM, 843.546.7706 or KaminskiMuseum.org.  SC Maritime Museum (729 Front St., Georgetown). Mon.-Sat., 11 AM-5 PM, free admission, 843.520.0111 or SCMaritimeMuseum.org.

Huntington Beach State Park is open daily from 6 AM-6 PM. A variety of Coastal Exploration programs are scheduled at no additional charge. Each month’s programs are posted on the website. Park admission is $5/adult; $3.25/SC senior; $3/ages 6-15; free for ages 5 and under. Atalaya tour is $2/ages 6 and up. 843.235.8755 or SouthCarolinaParks.com

McClellanville Arts Center (733 Pinckney) offers a wide selection from area authors and artists with rotating exhibitions. Thurs.-Sat., 11 AM-3 PM, 843.887.3157 or McClellanvilleArtsCouncil.com.

The Village Museum (401 Pinckney, McClellanville) Thurs.-Sat., 11 AM-3 PM, McClellanvilleArtsCouncil.com or 843.887.3157.

Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center, on Hwy 17 in Awendaw, is open Wed.-Sat. from 9 AM-5 PM. Walk a forest trail with a guide every 4th Saturday.  Wolf feeding at 11 AM-12 PM on Saturdays, 3-4 PM on Thursdays. For schedule of programs or to register for the walk, call 843.928.3368 or visit these websites: fws.  gov/seweecenter; fs.usda.gov/scnfs; fws.gov/ caperomain; SeweeAssociation.org.

CLASS (Community Learning About Special Subjects), located in Art Works at the Litchfield Exchange, offers The Moveable Feast (Friday literary luncheons, $30 each) and special offerings (Paint-Ins with Danny McLaughlin, Kimbel Concert Series, Women’s Weekend with Lee Brockington), 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com. 

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at Coastal Carolina University offers adult courses in a variety of subjects for members.  Register online or in person, Coastal.edu/olli or 843.349.6584.

Island Art Gallery in The Village Shops offers classes and workshops in oil, watercolor, acrylics, as well as exhibits numerous local artists’ work. Visit the website, PawleysIslandArt.com for the schedule or call 843.314.0298.

Waccamaw Neck Branch Library (41 St. Paul Place, Litchfield) offers free programs each month for children and adults. See “Listen & Learn at the Library” in this issue of the Lowcountry Companion for details. To receive the FOWL (Friends of Waccamaw Library) Community Connector, a twice monthly digital calendar of events for the Waccamaw Neck and Georgetown, send your e-dress to linda@classatpawleys.com. For more information, visit GeorgetownCountyLibrary.sc.gov or call 843.545.3623.