Historic Hobcaw Barony Cruise &Hobcaw House Tour

Enjoy our cruise to Hobcaw Barony aboard the Carolina Rover.

Join us for a  three hour voyage through the Winyah Bay toward the Great Pee Dee River, giving view to majestic oak trees and the abandoned rice fields of Hobcaw Barony, to tour Bernard Baruch's winter hunting retreat. Step aboard in Georgetown and travel back in time to Hobcaw Barony pier to disembark and begin your one hour tour of the Hobcaw House, built in 1930 high above the Winyah Bay. After exploring the Hobcaw house your cruise will continue over to view the smokestack of the USS Harvest Moon, a Civil War Flagship of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron 1864-1865, resting on the dregs of Winyah Bay for more than a century. Thereafter, cross the Winyah Bay to glide by the historic site of Battery White, an artillery battery constructed by the Confederates, during the American Civil War, built in 1862-63 to defend Winyah Bay.

Once home to the Waccamaw Indians, this Colonial land grant was divided into 14 plantations by 1865. With the decline of the rice cultivation, Hobcaw was bought by Bernard M. Baruch (a Wall Street financier and presidential advisor) who used it as a winter hunting retreat. Baruch's daughter, Belle, later purchased the 16,000-acre estate. At her death, the Belle W. Baruch Foundation was created to operate Hobcaw Barony as a center for environmental research.

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Reservations are required. $38/per persons 12 & over (over 90 lbs.), $30/children 11 & under (under 90 lbs.).  See our Reservation Calendar for Hobcaw Tour dates. This tour normally operates once per week. Departure days and times change weekly.

Rover Tours is committed in helping to educate and preserve South Carolina's fragile wetlands and Eco-systems today, because we care about tomorrow.