An Immersive, Colorful Walk Back in Time
Middleton Place exists because of slavery—that's a stark reality that's not ignored by the exhibits throughout the sprawling plantation. Today, however, it's a beautiful place to spend a day or a weekend. Stroll the 65-acre landscaped gardens (the oldest in the nation) and you'll quickly understand why this is one of the most sought-after wedding venues in the South. Tour the house museum, and learn from costumed interpreters as you discover skilled crafts like pottery, blacksmithing, and weaving that were once practiced here by enslaved Africans. The on-site restaurant serves high-end Southern cuisine, and the adjacent Inn, set along the Ashley River, provides a quiet escape from the modern world.
By Stratton Lawrence, AFAR Local Expert
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Camellias, azaleas, and wisteria
Middleton Place is a former plantation turned museum and landmark. Visitors can tour the main house and gawk at antiques, or visit the outbuildings and learn about the lives and culture of the former plantation's enslaved men and women. The gardens and grounds alone, lush with camellias and roses and designed in the 1700s, merit a visit.
Much of Gullah culture developed on Charleston’s plantations (the earliest evidence of sweetgrass baskets being made is at Boone Hall). Among the historic plantations in the greater Charleston area, Middleton Place, stands out for its historic gardens where you can learn about the ecology and flora of the region, and the horticultural practices of the slaves who worked these plantations. Other highlights of a visit include the South Flanker House Museum and ruins of buildings that were destroyed in the Civil War. Whether your interest is culture, history, cuisine or some other passion, one of the 12 itineraries to Charleston, created by the AFAR Travel Advisory Council will speak to you. Check them out at AFAR Journeys.
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4300 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414, USA
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