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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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  • The gardens are incredibly well groomed. Very beautiful. No cost. Not many people which adds to the experience. Our visit on the last day of March was marred by our drive to the Abbey. We had timed ou...  more »
  • Peaceful and beautiful grounds to walk. In spite of the frost that hit the azaleas, there were still some that were gorgeous. Butterflies and big bumble bees everywhere. Small Gators and turtles in th...  more »
  • We visited the monastery in March 2017; it was perfect time as the azaleas were in full bloom. The gardens are beautiful when not in bloom, but are exceptional when they are. It is about a 20 minute d...  more »
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  • 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!!
  • We took the tour and we got to meet an actual monk. He was extremely informative and the tour was very interesting! We walked around and saw a lot of the beautiful structures and the gardens. I would recommend anyway check it out if you are looking for something peaceful to do.
  • What a beautiful sanctuary. Your first impression driving on the grounds are that you are at a very special place on God's earth...the peaceful atmosphere that you experience makes you feel at ease and peace with your soul.
  • Peaceful place to visit. Watch out for weddings though.