• Charleston Tea Plantation - Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina

      Custom Built Tea Harvester
      Photo by Kimberly Goza
      There is only one place in North America where tea is grown: The Charleston Tea Plantation. What was once a research station for Lipton Tea was purchased in 1987 by tea taster William Barclay Hall, who later partnered with the Bigelow Co. Now, this 127-acre plantation is a thriving and growing tea producer. (Its brand, American Classic, is currently available only in the state, but its territory is expanding.) And it's open year-round to visitors, who may take a trolley ride through the tea fields and a free tour of the factory where the tea is processed. And of course, buy some fine tea and related merchandise in the gift shop.

      If you go:
      The best time to visit is during harvest season, May through September, when you can watch harvesters and processors at work. There is also a big festival to celebrate the first flush (harvest) in May.


      6617 Maybank Highway
      Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina 29487 USA

      Mailing address:
      6617 Maybank Highway
      Wadmalaw Island SC 29487 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      +1 (843) 559-0383