The Bigelows themselves, via flat screen televisions guide you
down a glass tourway overlooking the factory. You will learn about
the history of tea, the harvesting and production of our own
American Classic Tea and the story of the Charleston Tea
This Tour gives you a first hand look into our factory and the
state-of-the-art equipment utilized to produce our American
Classic Teas. During peak season you may witness all stages of
the production process. You could see...
1. Fresh green leaf being delivered
from the field to the Withering Bed
2. Macerated green leaf making its way from the Rotorvane to the
3. Leaf entering the Dryer where it will endure heat up to
...just some of the many fascinating processes involved in the
production of tea.
You will learn about the differences in the production of green,
black and Oolong teas. You will also see how the magic of static
electricity plays a major role in sorting teas. This tour unlocks
the mystery of how tea, that delicious beverage we know and love so
much, is actually brought from the field to the cup. It is a unique
experience that is exclusive to the Charleston Tea Plantation,
America's own tea garden.
The Factory Tour is complimentary! It begins every 15 minutes on
the quarter hour and can be accessed at the top of the stairs in
the Gift Shop.
Groups of 9 or more traveling in a van or bus must make
reservations! The cost for large groups does differ so please call
843-559-0383, Ext. 4207 or e-mail Jane Knight at firstname.lastname@example.org for