Of the estates near Charleston
, the McLeod Plantation on James Island highlights the lives and culture of the slaves who once worked and lived there. In the early 18th century, many plantation owners chose to live in Charleston while African-American managers oversaw their farms here on the island. This allowed African traditions to continue and Gullah culture to thrive. It’s still possible to this day to hear Gullah spoken on James Island. From sites in the heart of the city to plantations outside of town, the 12 itineraries created by the AFAR Travel Advisory Council cover the best of the area.