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Mepkin Abbey, Moncks Corner

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Mepkin Abbey is a Trappist monastery in Berkeley County, South Carolina. The abbey is located near Moncks Corner, at the junction of the two forks of the Cooper River northwest of Charleston, and is located in the Diocese of Charleston.HistoryThe area has been known as Mepkin for centuries, and was originally the estate of several historic families. The first record of the name was a 1681 grant to the sons of Sir John Coleton, one of the Lords Proprietary of South Carolina. In 1762 one of his descendants sold the land to Henry Laurens of Charleston. Laurens built his home there, and it was known as the Mepkin Plantation.After a few generations, the Laurens family sold the property, and it passed through several hands. In 1936 the well-known publisher Henry R. Luce bought the property. His wife, Clare Boothe Luce, commissioned and built an extensive landscape garden known as the Mepkin Garden. Then in 1949 the Luces donated a large part of the property including the garden to the Trappist Order's Gethsemani Abbey for its use.Twenty-nine monks of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (Trappists) came from Gethsemani, Kentucky, to found the new Mepkin Abbey. With a few limitations, the Abbey and the Mepkin Gardens are open to the public on a daily basis. The monastery grounds include a graveyard containing the ashes of Henry Laurens, as well as the graves of John Laurens, Clare Boothe Luce and her husband, the publisher, Henry Luce. Its gardens are now known as the Mepkin Abbey Botanical Garden.
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  • Mepkin Abbey is breathtaking all year long and a great place to meditate, situated on the Cooper River.  more »
  • We visited in late April, after the azaleas had bloomed. The entrance road to the abbey is gorgeous as it is an oak allee. They have a visitors center and gift shop with lots of tourist and garden ite...  more »
  • The entrance to the grounds is gorgeous and the simple gardens are very nice. They have a good visitors center and gift shop with lots of stuff. The on-site volunteers can get a little loud with their...  more »
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  • It was a very God honoring environment where one can go for peace and solitude in our fast paced, hectic, busy generation. Found that I was able to unplug and really press into a deeper spiritual pursuit of God without having to follow someone else's agenda. I would highly recommend for anyone looking to take a little time out from the business and stress of today's world.
  • Mepkin Abbey is an unparalleled refuge and place of peace, rejuvenation and nature beauty. When the chaos & challenges of life are too much; the gift of time for self, solitude, quiet, meditation & reflection are desired but never on your schedule; or if "'Me Time'" is only a fading distant memory.... a day trip to Mepkin Abbey in def in order for you!
  • It is a beautiful place! I was there when it was lightly drizzling but it didn't dampen the mood at all. There was a lady meditating under one of the huge trees there and I was hoping I would get to see an alligator. I did not, but the scenery did not disappoint.
  • I loved my time of peace and oneness with Spirit. I bought the most lovely Nativity set at the gift shop. It is on display in my home all year round. A great place to visit.
  • It was so serene. The grounds are so lush & green, lots of beautiful trees, bushes & flowers. A pond that has a small gator in it as well as turtles & fish. Several paths and statues as well. We enjoyed it so much we came back again and we only had a week in the area. The gift shop is very nice, lots of variety! I'd say get some creamed honey if you get anything lol delicious!!