Go back in time and visit 6 Historical Plantations near Charleston that will amaze you .
I am in love with Route 17 which is the road heading to Charleston, South Carolina from my home in Beaufort, South Carolina. I think its the most scenic route in the South. It has beautiful vistas such as marshes that you can see for miles and waterways that will mesmerize you. Today I am taking a ride to visit a friend and we are planning on visiting some historical plantations.
There are so many historical markers along Rt 17 to Charleston. I am lucky because it is only an hour’s ride from my house. If you only knew how many times I wanted to stop and explore them, but there was never enough time until I did.
1. Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens was my first stop. It is a historic house with gardens It is one of the oldest plantations in the South, located on the Ashley River Charleston, South Carolina. Rich in history dating back to 1676. It has 500 acres and it’s America’s oldest public garden. It’s popular for weddings all year round.
2. Middleton Place
Middleton Place was my second stop just down the road from Magnolia Gardens. This is a plantation, across from the Ashley River in North Charleston. Built-in several phases during 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.
There is a hotel that you can stay overnight. The grounds are amazing for walking and biking. Check out the Inn at Middleton Place for your next getaway.
3. Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens
Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens was a 25 minutes ride to Mount Pleasant, South Carolina which is across the Cooper River. It’s well worth the drive and you will be amazed at all the gorgeous gardens. Great place to bring your lunch and sit under an oak tree.
4. Myrtle Grove Plantation
Driving back home I decided to take the plunge and made a right turn to a well-known road that is known to have many historical properties. There is a sign that says White Hall plantation. That is my last stop.
I drove down this beautiful road for about 3 or 4 miles and came upon the first marker which was very old gates that lead to a plantation. I could not get in because it was closed. The plantation dates back to 1800 or earlier. Generations of families have lived here dating from 1800 to 1992. Unfortunately in 2018, the property burned down. Here is an article about the fire.
I hopped back into the car and drove a few more miles, not a soul on the road. Slammed on my breaks and found another amazing set of gates. These looked like someone bought the property and restored it to pristine condition. I snapped away and felt like a spy! So much fun! Don’t worry, I was careful.
Restored Old Log Cabin
This log cabin was down the street and I felt it was worth taking some photos since the cabin was on gorgeous property near some of these plantations. When I was snapping away at the log cabin a dog started running toward me. I ran back into my car and went home.
6. White Hall Plantation House Ruins
The last plantation of my stop was White Hall historic plantation ruins. The site consists of the ruins of a brick house with tabby outbuildings a tabby retaining wall, and a massive double avenue of oaks planted in the late-18th or early-19th century. The plantation house was built between 1771 and 1776, then enlarged between 1786 and 1791. The house at White Hall burned about 1870 and was not renovated or occupied afterward.
Hope you enjoyed my journey to these interesting properties. I know I never get tired of visiting these beautiful historical places.
For more places to visit in Charleston check out my post on Charming Charleston and a video.