Charleston Tea Plantation - Wadmalaw Island, Charleston County
- Location - Wadmalaw Island, Charleston County
Located on Maybank Highway (SC 700)
- Origin of name - Bill Hall decided on American Classic in
- Operated by R.C. Bigelow, Inc.
The Charleston Tea Plantation was established in 1960 on a tract
of land on Wadmalaw Island. It was never a plantation according to
- 1960 - The Thomas J. Lipton Company purchased Pinehurst Tea
Plantation in Summerville, South Carolina. The plantation had been
abandoned since 1915. Thomas Lipton rescued the surviving tea
plants and moved them to a research facility that had had
constructed on Wadmalaw Island.
- Mack Fleming, a horticultural researcher at Trident Technical
College, was in charge of the operation. Lipton concluded, as the
federal government had almost 150 years earlier, that the unstable
climate and high costs of labor in South Carolina made American tea
- 1987 - Mack Fleming and William (Bill) Hall purchased the tea
farm from their former employer, the Thomas J. Lipton Company.
- 2003 -Fleming and Hall decided to sell the tea farm. The
Charleston Tea Plantation was auctioned off to R.C. Bigelow
- Number of acres - 127
- Primary crop - Tea
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