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Charleston Tea Plantation, Wadmalaw Island
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Tours the factory and grounds of Charleston Tea Plantation, the only working tea plantation in the United States. Learn about the production of the Camellia Sinensis plant, originally brought to America in the 18th century by French botanist Francois Michaux. Visit the factory to find out about the history and production of the tea via audio-visual material. Take a trolley tour to see the 51 hectare (127 acre) plantation and learn about the harvesting and processing methods. Alternatively, explore the grounds yourself and check out the Propagation Hut to see how cloning methods are used on site. The gift shop offers teapots and tea-related products. To visit Charleston Tea Plantation on your holiday in Wadmalaw Island, and find out what else Wadmalaw Island has to offer, use our Wadmalaw Island tourist route planner.
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  • We learned a lot about tea on the trolley tour. The trolley is $10 per person. The factory tour is free and has tv screens that describe the harvesting and creation of tea. Wear bug spray because the ...  more »
  • I am an avid tea drinker and have been to Charleston multiple times. It was great to learn about the tea process and how it's made. There is a 45 minute trolley tour and also a factory visit all for j...  more »
  • We learned all about how Tea is grown & processed consumption and sale. The Peach Tea is the excellent, we highly recommend it. 
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  • I love the Charleston tea plantation. If you haven't been yet you really should go! They are so friendly there and have amazing tea. They have a great tour through how tea is made and you can ride a trolley for a small fee.
  • VERY interesting!!! The tour of the farm is great and the factory tour is pretty cool!! Doesn't take a lot of time and it is very interesting! Would highly recommend. Great tour guides
  • A good place for a quiet afternoon away from the packed downtown historic areas and beaches. The "automated" tour of the processing facility was interesting and afterwards you can sample as much hot and cold tea as you like. The bus/trolley tour (costs $) was relaxing and informative as you get to see the tea plants and fields as well as their greenhouse.
  • Very laid back, educational experience. Take the trolley tour around the plantation and sip freshly made tea in one of the many rocking chairs on the shaded front porch.
  • A nice place to visit if you drive by. Free tea samples. A free video guided tour. And if you can't get enough you are able to go on a paid trolley tour.