Mom and I went to Charleston South Carolina this past weekend, and one of the things we wanted to do was to see a Plantation.
Middleton Place dates back to 1705 acquiring the family name from Henry Middleton in 1741 through a family marriage. Its history is pretty fantastic and sad all in one. The civil war saw its lands and animals being pillaged by Union Soldiers.
Middleton Place is a plantation in Dorchester County, directly across the Ashley River from North Charleston and about 15 miles (24 km) northwest of Charleston, in the U.S. state of South Carolina. Built in several phases throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, the plantation was the primary residence of several generations of the Middleton family, many of whom played prominent roles in the colonial and antebellum history of South Carolina. The plantation, now a National Historic Landmark District, currently functions as a museum, and is home to the oldest landscaped gardens in the United States.
Middleton Place, a set on Flickr.
We enjoyed walking the grounds and the stables before taking a guided tour by horse drawn carriage. I can honestly say in the 3.5 hours we spent there, I could still go back and see so much more.
I couldn’t say which was my favorite, the gardens that draw you into hidden sitting areas and mysterious paths or the stables full of fantastic fuzzy farm animals that work the land of the plantation.
If you get the chance to go I highly recommend it.
Posted on October 1, 2013, in Georgia, Travel - USA and tagged carriage rides, Charleston, charleston museum, gardens, middleton gardens, Middleton Place, middleton plantation, national historic landmark, plantation stableyards, plantation tours, plantations, South Carolina, southern plantation, tours. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.