Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Sights to See: Middleton Place plantation, Charleston, South Carolina


Middleton Place  4300 Ashley River Road, 14 mi. from town, (843) 556-6020 or (800) 782-3608.  Daily 9am–5pm.  $25, 7-15 $5.  Dating back to 1741, the immense Middleton rice plantation is a National Historic Landmark District that holds an inn, restaurant, and house museum, plus a stable yard that presents demonstrations of 18th-century life.  It fronts the Ashley River and additionally is home to America's oldest landscaped gardens and South Carolina’s constitution tree.  One member of the family was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.  It is interesting to know that the Britisher's ball scene for the movie “The Patriot” was shot here in 1999.

costumed guide at Middleton Place plantation in Charleston, South Carolina
costumed guide at Middleton Place plantation in Charleston, South Carolina


The Gardens at Middleton Place  Though the 65 acres of English-style terraced gardens here are  magnificent throughout the year, the gardens are planned so that bloom occurs year-round:  centuries-old camellias in winter; azaleas in spring, and magnolias, crepe myrtles, and roses in summer.  The massive 1,000-year-old live oak tree known as the Middleton Oak, or Great Oak, has a trunk measuring more than 10 feet in diameter.



The Gardens at Middleton Place plantation in Charleston, South Carolina
The Gardens at Middleton Place plantation in Charleston, South Carolina


The Gardens at Middleton Place plantation in Charleston, South Carolina
The Gardens at Middleton Place plantation in Charleston, South Carolina

 
Wood Nymph statue in The Gardens at Middleton Place plantation in Charleston, South Carolina
Wood Nymph statue in The Gardens at Middleton Place plantation in Charleston, South Carolina


Middleton Oak in The Gardens at Middleton Place plantation in Charleston, South Carolina
Middleton Oak in The Gardens at Middleton Place plantation in Charleston, South Carolina


House Museum  Built in 1755 as three buildings, the Middleton Place House is now the only remaining structure.  It has remained under family stewardship for more than 320 years and contains original family belongings that include furniture, silver, porcelain, rare books, and family portraits.


exterior of House Museum at Middleton Place plantation in Charleston, South Carolina
exterior of House Museum at Middleton Place plantation in Charleston, South Carolina


scenic expanse at Middleton Place plantation in Charleston, South Carolina
scenic expanse at Middleton Place plantation in Charleston, South Carolina


Plantation Stableyards  The newly rejuvenated 18th- and 19th-century stableyards are brought to life by costumed interpreters who also demonstrate barnyard skills.  Craft artisans include a weaver, blacksmith, potter, and cooper/carpenter.  Heritage breeds raised here include Cashmere goats, guinea hogs, river water buffalo, brown Swiss and Jersey cows, and Dominique and Rhode Island red chickens.

water buffalo in Plantation Stableyards at Middleton Place plantation in Charleston, South Carolina
water buffalo in Plantation Stableyards at Middleton Place plantation in Charleston, South Carolina



Eliza’s House is a two-family 1870 freedman’s house that has been restored to its original appearance.  Displays tell about the lives of freedmen. 

exterior of Eliza's House at Middleton Place plantation in Charleston, South Carolina
exterior of Eliza's House at Middleton Place plantation in Charleston, South Carolina


interior of Eliza's House at Middleton Place plantation in Charleston, South Carolina
interior of Eliza's House at Middleton Place plantation in Charleston, South Carolina


slave history in Eliza's House at Middleton Place plantation in Charleston, South Carolina
slave history in Eliza's House at Middleton Place plantation in Charleston, South Carolina


 ●Middleton Place Restaurant specializes in Low Country cuisine of the plantation era.

The Inn at Middleton Place is secluded and offers 55 guest rooms. 

Spoleto Festival USA Finale is an annual Charleston event that traditionally ends here with a spectacular finale.

Spoleto Festival at Middleton Place plantation in Charleston, South Carolina
Spoleto Festival at Middleton Place plantation in Charleston, South Carolina



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