Rice fields were the major income that was coming from the plantation, and the families that owned the plantation continued growing rice up until the civil war. According to the Hopsewee website, in an 1850 Georgetown census, the plantation had 178 slaves and produced 360,000 pounds of rice. After the war ended and people returned to their homes, the plantation wasn't planted again. Even though slaves were now free, many remained on the land to work and pay rent on what property they were on (Hopsewee). Throughout the years, the Hopsewee Plantation has only been owned by fived different families. The Lucas family held it the longest for close to two hundred years.
The other owner's of the Hopsewee plantation include; International Paper Company who bought it in 1945, Colonel Reading Wilkinson purchased the house and a few acres in 1947, Mrs. Wilkinson traded houses With Jim and Helen Maynard in 1969, and Frank Beattie obtained the house in 2000. The Maynard's are the ones that acquired the National Landmark status for the property in 1972. The Hopsewee Plantation remains open to the public.