Carolina Rover Boat Tours
Sea Shell & Lighthouse Cruise
Cruise on smooth inland waters to a remote barrier island where the Winyah Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. Glide through a bird-watcher’s paradise by South Carolina’s oldest and operational lighthouse, the Georgetown Light (1811). She has lit the way for over two centuries of seafarers. Disembark on North Island to explore and beach comb where the sea unfolds her secrets, depositing an ever-changing array of shelling opportunities. Observe the sight of a Civil War wreck, the Union flagship USS Harvest Moon, while on-board naturalists deliver an informative commentary with reference to historic plantation tidelands.
Historic Hobcaw Barony Cruise & Hobcaw House Tour
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, the Colonial land grant called Hobcaw Barony 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.