St. Philips Church Tea Room Announces 2019 Dates

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April 29 @ 11:30 am – May 3 @ 2:00 pm

CHARLESTON, SC — Historic St. Philip’s Church is pleased to announce the date and time of our 2019 Tea Room. This year our Tea Room will be open the week of April 29th-May 3rd, 2019, between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and will again offer a delicious Lowcountry lunch. The Tea Room is located in the Parish Hall and courtyard at the corner of Church and Cumberland Streets in downtown Charleston.

Established in 1680, St. Philip’s Church was the first Anglican church in South Carolina and is also the oldest parish in the state. It began at the corner of Meeting and Broad Streets, now the site of St. Michael’s Church and moved to its current location in the early 1700s. Today its congregation includes parishioners whose families have worshiped at St. Philip’s for more than twelve generations and are among the many volunteers serving at the Tea Room. The tradition of the Tea Room started in 1952 as the “Tea Garden” by the Women’s Auxiliary and was then directed by Mrs. Carlton (Hattie) Davies.  The church is excited to continue the tradition again this coming year.

At this spring’s Tea Room, Lowcountry luncheon favorites will return, such as “Charleston Receipts” okra soup, pimiento cheese, classic chicken salad and shrimp salad.  A wonderful selection of desserts, made by parishioners, will include Hummingbird Cake, Grand Marnier Cheesecake and Huguenot Torte as well as a wide variety of other treats.

Once again we are delighted to provide several dining choices for guests.  Due to its popularity guests may choose to take advantage of the Tea Room’s original 1952 outdoor format that allows them to dine outside in our beautiful courtyard or on our Parish Hall’s veranda. The Parish Hall will also have plenty of indoor seating with live piano music to enjoy during lunch.  Patrons will also have the opportunity to place takeout orders with delivery provided to downtown locations.  To place a takeout order please call (843) 722-7291.

Throughout the week, homemade items, baked goods, St. Philip’s souvenirs and other treasures will be sold in our Tea Room gift shop.? Our historic church building will also be open for tours.? Proceeds from the Tea Room benefit St. Philip’s international and local missions, St. Philip’s choirs, and youth ministries.? For more information, please call (843) 722-7734 or visit www.stphilipschurchsc.org.

Charleston Tea Plantation By Featured Columnist KitchyLiving

By Sarah Snyder – KitchyLiving

 

#1 City in the World and I get the pleasure of living in it! Still have to pinch myself sometimes. When I’m driving around town surrounded by sprawling oak trees and spanish moss canopying the roadways, it’s like something straight from the pages of Gone With the Wind. Oh fiddle dee dee…

This city has a charm unlike any other with a history to match. In light of me leaving for PA school next month, I’ve concocted a #CHSbucketlist of places I have to go to before I head to Tennessee. Recently my dad and I decided to go down and visit the Charleston Tea Plantation not 10 miles from my house. Located on Wadmalaw Island neighboring Kiawah, Seabrook, and Johns Island, the plantation consists of 127 acres of farm land featuring green, black, oolong, and white tea plants.

 

With a history dating back to 1666, this island is rich with narratives including the story of the Charleston Tea Plantation. Most recently, it was bought by the Bigelow Tea Company in 2003. To date, the Charleston Tea Plantation is the only one of its kind in North America. It’s a rich piece of the Americana story full of struggle, triumph, growth, and vibrance.

If you are thinking about visiting the plantation, a trolley tour is a must! A guide will take you around the grounds explaining the history of the company and plantation as well as the growing, harvesting, and production process of making tea. TIP: If you are planning on visiting in the summer, get there early to avoid the sweltering afternoon heat (note there is no air conditioning on the trolley ride). With 20 different fields throughout the property, the groundskeepers harvest plant growth one field/day with a rotation that ends up being a 20-day cycle. 3-5 inches of growth can occur on the plants within 20 days. This height allows for optimum taste and flavor.

 

Some of the different tea blends they produce are Original, Charleston Breakfast, Earl Grey, Plantation Peach, Rockville Raspberry, Carolina Mint, Cinnamon Spice, Green, and Green with Mint.

Photo courtesy of Bigelow Tea Company

The grounds also include a tasting room and gift shop. Be sure to try all the different teas before you leave. They even let you try their First Flush blend, made with the first crop of the growing season beginning in April and May. This first growth has a unique flavor to it that is considered to be the cream of the crop.

 

Photos courtesy of @charlestonteaplantation Instagram

 

Before visiting this plantation I knew nothing about tea production. Check out some tea?fun facts below…

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Whether you are a Charleston native or a seasonal tourist, the Charleston Tea Plantation is a must-see attraction for rich history, stunning views, and a cuppa good fun!

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