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Insider's Tour of Mepkin Abbey

History Tours

Berkeley County Tour

The hallowed grounds of Berkeley County

Be among the first to experience this new in-depth history tour of one of Berkeley County’s most significant locations.

Currently the site of a Trappist Monastery established in 1949 on the site of the historic Mepkin Plantation, Mepkin Abbey is now home to a community of monks who devote their lives to prayer, spiritual study, work and hospitality.

This 90-minute tour of the gardens will highlight a history of the land from when it was used as a hunting ground by Native Americans, to the plantation of the Laurens family of Charleston, the enslaved African Americans who worked the rice fields, the home of Henry Luce (founder of Time magazine), and finally as an abbey for a community of brothers belonging to the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance.

Highlights of the tour include…

  • The Botanical Gardens that still reflect the romantic design of the Laurens plantation
  • The 20th century graveyard of members of the Luce family
  • The 18th century graveyard of the Laurens family
  • The gift shop operated by the Trappist Order of Mepkin Abbey.

Monastery Tour

At the conclusion of this guided history tour provided by Bulldog Tours, guests are invited to continue their experience with a one hour tour of the monastery which is typically closed to the public. In addition to a tour of the church, guests observe the monks taking part in the midday prayer service - a moving opportunity to witness the brothers worshiping with chant and song. Guests will hear about the lives of those who are called to the Order along with their mission to the world and their faith.

A portion of all ticket purchases (10%) will be donated to Mepkin Abbey

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We’re happy to arrange private tours or build custom group tours for schools, corporate teams, non-profits, family reunions, and more. Simply contact us or call 843-722-8687 to book.

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Tour begins at Mepkin Abbey
(approx 60 min drive from downtown Charleston)
1098 Mepkin Abbey Rd, Moncks Corner, SC 29461

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