Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Mepkin Abbey - Part II

" Silence is for bumping into yourself. That's why monks pursue it. And that's also why people can't get into a car without turning the radio on, or walk into a room without switching on a television. They seek to avoid that confrontation."
- Brother Alberic, Trappist Monk

In 1936, a woman by the name of Clare Boothe Luce spied the grounds of Mepkin Plantation from a boat  just off the shore as she and her husband perused the Cooper River. This is what she saw and she just had to have it. Can you blame her? I imagine it was a Spring like this one, and everything was in full bloom making it an irresistible temptation.

She and her husband purchased the property and added a very modern dwelling to the grounds that date back to the 1600s. In 1949, much of the property was gifted to the Catholic Church and an order of Benedictine monks.

Today, the Brothers of Mepkin Abbey grow mushrooms that are dried and sold to help fund this beautiful  community.

There's a lot for children to admire and learn here. The notion of spending your entire life here was hard for my boys to comprehend. Not to mention that vow of silence, which was certainly mind-blowing to 9 year old boys! Be sure to allow time to look through the gift shop that includes art by locals. 

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