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Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens

Spring in South Carolina
A sunny day for a visit to one of South Carolina's eminent plantations that dates back to pre Revolutionary War days. Spring is the ideal time to visit for flowers, emerging greenery and plentiful wildlife.
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The most-photographed plantation in Dixie
The folks at Boone Hall claim it’s the most-photographed plantation in the country, and it’s easy to see why. Hulking oak trees draped with Spanish moss march up both sides of the long driveway that leads right to the wrought-iron gate . . . that opens onto the spectacular formal garden . . . that welcomes you to the 1743 mansion.

It’s hard not to get goosebumps when you think about all the generations – white and black – who added to the estate’s grandeur. The place is still a working farm after more than 320 years, but the once-thriving cotton fields and pecan orchards have now made way for strawberries, tomatoes, pumpkins and other goodies. You can fill up your own baskets in season (or, if you’re lazy, out at the plantation’s main market on Highway 17).

Give yourself enough time to tour the main house, the dock out to the marshy river that once carried crops to the coast, and the row of low-slung brick houses where slaves lived. In one of them, a basket weaver (with handiwork at the Smithsonian) will show you how she makes baskets styled after the ones her Gullah ancestors have made for centuries in the Low Country and islands off Georgia and South Carolina.

Another slave house reveals clues that the slaves probably ate better than their masters. Researchers found buried animal bones, suggesting the slaves sneaked out at night to hunt.

One word of warning: Watch out for tiny ants on your way back to the grassy parking lot. Unless you like to dance.
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Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens
Admission to this magnificent plantation founded in 1681 includes a glimpse of its famous Avenue of Oaks, draped in Spanish moss, plus tours of the plantation house (with a costumed guide), the slave cabins and gardens. Guests can also take a shuttle bus across the 299 hectares (738 acres) of land at this working farm; take a self-guided tour of the Butterfly Pavilion; and see a live presentation exploring the Gullah culture of slaves and their descendants in the Gullah Theater.
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Plantation Life
Any must-do Charleston list should include visiting at least one of the stately plantations. Middleton Place’s gardens and working farm on the banks of the Ashley River have been designated a National Historic Landmark and boast blooms year round, as well as costumed interpreters in the Plantation Stableyards. Founded in 1681, the 738-acre Boone Hall Plantation is perhaps the most famous of Charleston’s plantations thanks to its much-photographed Avenue of Oaks, educational performances in the Gullah Theater, a vibrant butterfly garden, and seasonal activities such as berry picking in the summer and oyster roasts in the winter. If you’re traveling with kids, they’ll likely talk you into a visit to the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, which has a swamp walk and petting zoo, as well as Charles Towne Landing to visit the Adventure, a replica of a 17th-century sailing ship, and the otters, bears, and bison at the Animal Forest natural habitat zoo. From historic plantations to the newest restaurants, the members of the AFAR Travel Advisory Council are ready to help you discover the best of Charleston. Check out their 12 itineraries to the greater Charleston area at target=“_blank”>AFAR Journeys.
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Boone Plantation worth the vist.
We've visited this plantation twice over the years and enjoy it every time. There is so much history here. Some sad history and some happy history with the movies that have been filmed there and weddings that have taken place on the grounds.
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Boone Plantation Cotton Gin
Loved wandering around the grounds and exploring all the old buildings. We weren't allowed inside this old cotton gin but I just loved the look of it. Well worth the money to visit this plantation. There is a cafe near the cotton gin building where you can get a cold drink on a hot summer day.

Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens
A magnificent avenue of oak trees like the one that greets visitors to Boone Hall Plantation doesn’t happen overnight—this particular stand of trees was planted in 1743, creating a must-see spectacle for many visitors to Charleston nearly three centuries later. In addition to tours of the plantation’s mansion, there’s also a motor tour of the 738-acre grounds, and living history presentations at The Gullah Theater, celebrating the African-American culture (and recognizing the dark history of slavery) that marked plantation life in centuries past. Guests also enjoy the garden tour, including a collection of antique roses, and a striking butterfly pavilion during spring and summer months. Boone Hall is still a working farm—when you’ve had your fill of history, head to the u-pick fields to harvest your own strawberries, or stock up on tomatoes and peaches at the adjacent farm stand.

1235 Long Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, USA
+1 843-884-4371
Sun 12pm - 5pm
Mon - Sat 8am - 5pm