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Mepkin Abbey 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. You can tour the gardens and abbey or even stay here for a spiritual retreat in the new facility with individual rooms and private baths (reservations are required). Hearing the monks sing during their normal daily routine and attending the annual Piccolo Spoleto Festival events here are peaceful and spiritual experiences. The simplicity of the abbey has a very grounding effect. 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.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 1098 Mepkin Abbey Rd., off Dr. Evans Rd. Moncks Corner, SC 29461
  • Phone: 843/761–8509
  • Cost: Donations accepted, tours $5
  • Hours: Tues.–Sat. 9–4:30, Sun. 1–4. Tours Tues.–Sat. at 11:30 and 3, Sun. at 3
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  • Location: Moncks Corner
Updated: 11-19-2012

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