Charleston SC Plantations

Whether you're interested in history, architecture, or antiques or just the beautiful surroundings, visiting plantations is a great way your family may want to spend a day.

One of the best places to find quite a few plantations is in the Charleston, SC area.

Here, we will describe just a few of them that are very well worth visiting.

Boone Hall Plantation is a beautiful plantation with a 320-year history. When most people think of plantation and their history, the Civil War may come to mind.

But surprising to me, many plantations were already in existence at the time of the American Revolution. Such is the case with Boone Hall Plantation.

This plantation was originally started in 1681 by Theophilus Patey, whose daughter married John Boone for whom the plantation is named.

One well known feature of the plantation is the Avenue of Oaks. The Spanish moss draped oak trees meet overhead to form a canopy over the lane into the plantation. It is such a beautiful view that is the epitome of a Southern Plantation in the minds of all who see it. Boone Hall Plantation was the setting for two television miniseries-North and South and Queen, the sequel to Alex Haley's Roots-and one more movie-The Notebook.

In 1955, the plantation was purchased by Harris and Nancy McRae who still own it and farm on half the property while opening the other half to the public.

Drayton Hall has the unique distinction of being the only plantation house to remain intact throughout the American Revolutionary War, the Civil War, several hurricanes and earthquakes.

Drayton Hall was originally founded by John Drayton in 1738.It was kept in the Drayton family for seven generations untilit was bought by the National Trust for Historic Preservationsin 1974. The National Trust opened it to the public on 1977.

This plantation is a must see for anyone interested in historic places or just wishing to see a beautiful part of South Carolina. A National Historic Landmark, Middleton Place Plantation is another survivor of the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and a few earthquakes.

The plantation was originally founded by Jacob Wayte in 1675 with the house being built in 1755.

During the Civil War, Sherman's army took over the plantation in 1865. It was ransacked and burned, leaving the main house and north wing to badly damaged for repair.

From 1869 to 1870, the less severely part of the house, the south wing, was restored. Middleton Place Plantation was named for an early owner by the name of Henry Middleton.

This is plantation well-worth spending a day touring. The grounds are just absolutely gorgeous.


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