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South Carolina State Hospitality Beverage

South Carolina grown tea   Adopted: April 10, 1995
South Carolina state hospitality beverage
Official state hospitality beverage: Tea
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South Carolina grown tea was adopted as South Carolina's official hospitality beverage when Governor David Beasley signed House Bill No. 3487 on April 10, 1995

Milk is South Carolina's official beverage.



Whereas, a member of the Camellia family, Camellia sinensis, most commonly known as tea, is the world's most popular beverage excepting water; and

Whereas, South Carolina is the first place in the United States where tea was grown having been planted in the South Carolina Lowcountry outside of Charleston in 1799 at what is now Middleton Place; and

Whereas, South Carolina contains a unique combination of factors that makes tea production possible; and

Whereas, quality tea was produced successfully by Dr. Charles Shepard at Pinehurst Tea Plantation near Summerville circa 1888 and continued for over twenty-five years; and

Whereas, subsequent to its introduction in America, commercial tea production also was attempted in South Carolina in Greenville, in Georgetown, and in Ravenel; and

Whereas, most recently tea is being produced in the tradition of Dr. Shepard on Wadmalaw Island from plants descended from the tea planted near Summerville over one hundred years ago; and

Whereas, with improved plant horticulture and the invention of unique machinery to harvest the delicate leaves, Mack Fleming and William B. Hall of American Classic Tea are growing, harvesting, drying, grading, and packaging this beverage again on Wadmalaw Island; and

Whereas, it is recognized that tea is unique to South Carolina in that South Carolina is the only state to have ever produced tea commercially, and with the revitalizing of an industry that flourished at the turn of the century, it is appropriate that this beverage be so recognized as the official hospitality beverage of the State. Now, therefore,

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

Tea designated state hospitality beverage

SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 1-1-692. South Carolina grown tea is designated as the official hospitality beverage of the State."

Time effective

SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

Approved the 10th day of April, 1995.


State of South Carolina. South Carolina Code of Laws. Columbia: State of South Carolina, 2011. Web. 27 May 2011. .
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.

South Carolina state hospitality beverage
Official state hospitality beverage: Tea
Prints, posters, photographs

Additional Information

South Carolina ? History of South Carolina Tea Farms: SCIWAY: South Carolina's Information Highway.

Charleston Tea Plantation: Official website. The Charleston Tea Plantation is located on historic Wadmalaw Island in the heart of the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

American Classic Tea: Article by Sally Bernstein.

Bigelow buys South Carolina tea plantation: 2003 article in USAToday.

State Beverages: Complete list of official state beverages from NETSTATE.COM.

More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official South Carolina state symbols from NETSTATE.COM.

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