Thomas Lynch, Sr. (1727-1776) was a rice planter on the Santee River. One of his houses, Hopsewee, was built in 1749. Lynch attended St. James Santee Church and was a member of the Winyah Indigo Society. He was a delegate to the First and Second Continental Congresses. His son Thomas Lynch, Jr. signed the Declaration of Independence. Roy Williams III and Frank Beattie, low country historians, are featured.