The Charleston Tea Plantation…

America’s only working, commercial tea farm is located in Charleston, South Carolina on historic Wadmalaw Island in the Lowcountry.  We visited last month…170 acres of tea plants (camellia sinensis)…including a lovely shop and factory tour.

Two Leaves & A Bud...the camellia sinensis plant (tea)

Two Leaves & A Bud…the camellia sinensis plant (where all tea comes from)

 

Charleston Tea Plantation - America's only working tea garden

Charleston Tea Plantation – America’s only working tea garden

Welcome to America's Tea Garden

Welcome to America’s Tea Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under beautiful  grand oaks lies the factory, gift shop and tour...comfy rocker line the porch

Under beautiful grand oaks lies the factory, gift shop and tour…comfy rockers line the porch and if you chose to, a trolley took you through the fields.

IMG_8398 IMG_8402Here we are in the tea fields. I am happy there is a tea plantation in the U.S. as I don't think I'll ever go the 9,000 miles to see fields in Sri Lanka :-)

Here we are in the tea fields. I am happy there is a tea plantation in the U.S. as I don’t think I’ll ever go the 9,000 miles to see fields in Sri Lanka 🙂

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It was a fun experience to see this plantation. While fine teas are grown in higher altitudes in China, Japan, Sri Lanka, & India…and great teas are hand picked, many from renowned old estates,this American Classic Tea was good iced.   Most restaurants in Charleston offered this American Classic tea. Below are photos from their self-guided factory tour.  The gift shop had a great feel and the samples were prevalent.  Lots of visitors enjoyed the setting.The gift shop is spacious with a bar that offers iced and hot teas...the service and counters are beautiful...

The gift shop is spacious with a bar that offers iced and hot teas…the service and counters are beautiful…

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The making of tea...leaves are machine picked at this farm, withered, cut, dried...the entire place smells like wheat grass ...very green, nice, almost sweet.  Founder William Barclay Hall...now owned by Bigelow

The making of tea…leaves are machine picked at this farm, withered, cut, dried…the entire place smells like wheat grass …very green, nice, almost sweet. Founder William Barclay Hall…now owned by Bigelow

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2 Comments

  1. What a great place to visit, I’d love to see a tea plantation for myself. I love the rockers on the porch and the gift shop looks very pleasantly laid out. Did you buy some tea to take home with you?

    • It was really quite exciting to be there. They made tea right in front of us, my cousin was stunned by how quickly the picked tea leaf is transformed into a product ready to steep. And the rockers were just perfectly placed for a relaxing moment while looking out over the fields. what was so surprising to me was the overwhelming fragrance in the air which reminded me of wheat grass being juiced. Hopefully you can get there sometime…even though the great estates are on other continents.