Lowcountry Pumpkin Patches and Beaufort Ghost Tours
Fall Fun in the SC Lowcountry
It’s that time of year again. Fall descends on our neck of the woods with very little change, other than the appearance of pumpkin patches and holiday events. The temperatures will start off lower and with excitement we pile on sweaters, only to remove them when the midday temperatures reach 90. We don’t put them away though, because as the sun sets, we layer them back on. It’s okay, that’s what we’re used to. We pull out the fall decorations and head off to the pumpkin patches. We book our holiday ghost tours and look for hayrides. We buy all things apple and pumpkin spice, and we get ready for oyster season. This is fall in the South Carolina Lowcountry.
One glance towards Carteret Street United Methodist Pumpkin Patch lets us know when the season is upon us. This annual pumpkin patch will cover their downtown Beaufort lawn from September 30th until the end of October. All proceeds go to youth ministry programs. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. The church is located at 408 Carteret Street in beautiful downtown Beaufort.
Dempsey Farms will have pumpkins and other fall vegetables from October 1- November 15th. You can visit their beautiful farm Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. They are located at 1576 Sea Island Parkway on St. Helena Island.
Lowcountry Produce Farmstand is located just outside Beaufort in Lobeco, at 1919 Trask Parkway. Every year they have a pumpkin patch complete with hayrides and a petting zoo. There’s even a great area for a picnic. Don’t forget to go inside and sample their lunch menu. The “Ooey Gooey” is my personal favorite. This pimento cheese, bacon and garlic pepper jelly masterpiece is grilled to perfection. They also have a spectacular selection of store made jams, jellies, sauces and soups. They are open Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ridgeland’s Great Pumpkin Patch at Holiday Farms is another favorite spot. Opening October 4th, this pumpkin patch destination is a great spot to see duck and pig races, corn grinding, steer roping, cow milking and more! There’s also a barnyard petting zoo and a general store where you can purchase t-shirts, local jams & jellies and other goodies. Hours are Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Friday – Saturday 9 a.m. – dark and Sunday 1 – 5 p.m. Holiday Farms is located at 10884 Grays Highway.
Cahill’s Market in Bluffton has a great selection of pumpkins in all sizes and colors. They also carry mums, gourds, Indian corn, corn stalks, and lots of fresh picked homegrown veggies. Come by and play in the hay pyramid and walk the haunted trail after dusk…it you’re brave enough! Cahill’s is located on 1055 May River Road, and open Monday – Wednesday 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday – Saturday 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
For those among you who are a little bit more into the haunted side of the season, take a Beaufort Ghost Tour and get scared out of your wits! Come take a guided tour through the historic moss-lined streets of downtown Beaufort. Hear the stories of the ghosts and their historic homes. One of the oldest ghosts in America lives in “the castle” which is in downtown Beaufort. Perhaps you’ll even see a vision of days gone by. Carriage tours are approximately 45 minutes and walking tours are about an hour.
Carriage tours begin at 6:30 p.m. and leave every 15 minutes from the parking lot at 1006 Bay St.
Walking tours begin at 7:00 p.m. and leave every 20 minutes from Cannon Park (across the street from 611 Bay St.)
Tours are available the last three weekends in October.
All proceeds benefit the Child Abuse Prevention Association.
Be sure to check out our southcarolinalowcountry.com website calendar for other exciting events going on in the South Carolina Lowcountry.