From late May to early June, a variety of firefly species emerge and light up select locations throughout the southeast United States in perfect unison. This bioluminescent display occurs for only about 4 weeks out of the year during the species’ mating season. Guests are invited to join in the low country in hopes of getting a view of the phenomenon.
Middleburg offers a rare glimpse of the annual synchronization around the property with ample opportunities throughout the expansive pastures and riverfront views. Each Firefly Sync evening will consist of access to the historical property, a walking tour of the grounds, and relaxation around the fire pit for a $10 parking fee with a maximum of 30 cars per evening. Beverages will be available for purchase.
Please Note: Weather conditions, mating cycles, soil consistency and other environment factors may impact the emergence and display of fireflies on any given night. Whitewater cannot guarantee the emergence or volume of the firefly spectacle and does not offer reschedule dates or refunds for this event.
7:00 PM – Check-in & Introduction
7:30 PM – Historical Property Tour
8:30-9:30 PM – Drinks & Firefly Viewing
30 vehicles max per evening
The Story of Middleburg
Middleburg has existed for more than three centuries on the Cooper River as a center of commerce and congregation in the low country. The property has persisted through numerous historical events during the development and evolution of the United States of America. As one of America’s oldest and best-preserved historical landmarks, Middleburg offers a unique insight into over 325 years of history.
Middleburg is a former rice plantation constructed in the 17th century located on the East Branch of the Cooper River. The estate features the oldest home in the southeastern United States and is comprised of 326 acres of protected wetlands and hardwood forests. The property is surrounded by the Francis Marion National Forest and the Bonneau Ferry Wildlife Management Area in the heart of the Santee River Basin.
Middleburg offers access to Bulls Bay, Cape Romain National Wildlife Area, Santee Coastal Reserve, and countless other recreational access points in the low country of South Carolina. Middleburg serves as an exceptional base camp for fishing, biking, and paddling among many other outdoor pursuits available in the region.