CHS DayTrippers: The ACE Basin
Thursday October 11th
8:30am – 5:00pm

Our first DayTrippers event of the season takes us to the beautiful Ace Basin where we will explore, with private access, three stunning rice plantations and experience the beautiful vistas of landscape throughout the ACE Basin. The Lowcountry’s foremost expert of rice culture in the area, Dr. Richard Porcher, will join us on this trip to share his entertaining insights into the ACE Basin and its role in the history of rice production. A CHS member and licensed tour guide, Sallie Avice du Buisson, will also join us on the tour. The owners of each home will be on site as well to share the history and stories of the property. Unlike a majority of coastal areas that have been heavily developed in recent decades, the ACE Basin has remained much as it was at the turn of the century, making for a one-of-a-kind DayTrippers tour event!

This trip includes bus transportation, boxed lunch provided by Hamby’s as well as tour access to all three plantation properties.


Cockfield Plantation
(Suzannah O’Brien)

This gorgeous renovated rice barn houses a veritable museum of rice plantation equipment and is located on Cuckolds Creek,a branch of the Combahee River. Thomas Coram made this plantation famous in the late 1700s when he painted a set of six miniature paintings of the property. The current owner has restored it to the wonderful condition it is in today where the fields are once again being planted to encourage the return of the bobwhite quail in addition to other game birds and waterfowl. Cockfield is protected by a conservation easement.

Rose Hill
(Mollie Fair)

Famous as the setting for the definitive oil painting of an early South Carolina Lowcountry rice plantation, Rose Hill was one of the Heyward plantations on the Combahee and the home of Charles Heyward. Charles helped his father with the plantation and kept detailed diaries on the practice of growing rice. Now owned by a descendant of Charles Heyward, it is a tenant farm house honored by the Ricefields Association.

White House
(Linda Demmer)

Reminiscent of an English country estate, White House Plantation’s main house draws inspiration from traditional plantation style architecture and landscape design. Majestic live oaks and grand magnolia anchor other plantings within the plantation’s vast and unique parterre garden landscapes.

The bus will leave the CHS parking lot at 8:30am so please be sure to arrive and park no later than 8:15am.

CHS DayTrippers: The Ace Basin
Thursday October 11th
8:30am – 5:00pm

Refunds & cancellations
Refunds are not offered for this event after October 3rd. All proceeds will benefit CHS educational outreach programming.
Please, no holds. Payment is due upon time of order.