Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Fodor's Weekly: Your expert travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration (coming soon)

Charleston Sights

Mepkin Abbey

  • 1098 Mepkin Abbey Rd. Map It
  • Moncks Corner
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 10/03/2014

Fodor's Review

This active Trappist monastery overlooking the Cooper River is on the site of the former plantation home of Henry Laurens. It was later the home of noted publisher Henry Luce and his wife Clare Boothe Luce, who commissioned renowned landscape architect Loutrell Briggs to design a garden in 1937. That garden remains a stunning place for a serene walk or contemplative rest on a waterfront bench. You can take a guided tour of the church or even stay here for a spiritual retreat

in the sleek, modern facility with individual rooms and private baths. Hearing the monks sing during their normal daily routine and attending the annual Piccolo Spoleto Festival concerts here are peaceful and spiritual experiences. The gift shop sells mushrooms and garden compost from the abbey's farm as well as candies, preserves, and creamed honey from other Trappist abbeys.

Read More

Sight Information

Address:

1098 Mepkin Abbey Rd., off Dr. Evans Rd., Moncks Corner, South Carolina, 29461, United States

Map It

Phone:

843-761–8509

Sight Details:

  • Free, tour brochure $5
  • Tues.–Sat. 9–4, Sun. 1–3. Tours Tues.–Sat. at 11:30 and 3 (no tours offered first Fri. of each month)

Updated 10/03/2014

Advertisement

Map View

Map of



What's Nearby

  • Sights

See all sights in Charleston

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?

Experience

Ease

Value

Don't Miss

Advertisement