When you stay at the Governor’s House bed and breakfast, you’ll be in the middle of one of the most historic areas in the country. There is so much to see and do that will remind you of Charleston’s roots. At the heart much of Charleston’s unique and storied history are the plantations surrounding it. Today, these homes and gardens serve as a reminder of our past and act as a window into a different time. Along with dozens of other Unforgettable Things to Do in Charleston, a visit to one of the lovely Charleston Plantations is a wonderful way to spend the day. Hopefully our guide to Charleston Plantations will help you decide which of these beautiful homes to visit during your stay at the Governor’s House.
Boone Hall Plantation
Boone Hall is one of the most popular Charleston Plantations due to its beautiful house and grounds. It’s also a favorite among cinematic fans because it has served as a filming location for films such as The Notebook. The picturesque “Avenue of Oaks” greets visitors on the way up to the Colonial Revival plantation house. Also on the grounds are several slave cabins and flower gardens. Boone Hall is one of America’s oldest working plantations as the farm continually grows a variety of crops throughout the year. In the spring and early summer strawberries are prevalent at Boone Hall and the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival takes place at the plantation.
Home to America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens, Middleton Place was formerly a rice plantation and is now a National Historic Landmark. The colorful gardens are full of camellias, azaleas, kalmia, magnolias, roses and crepe myrtles. The way the gardens have been planted ensures that there is always something in bloom at Middleton Place, no matter what time of year you visit. The plantation house at Middleton Place was built in 1755 and today acts a museum for the Middleton’s family furniture, porcelain, rare books, portraits and silver. Also of interest are the Plantation Stableyards featuring farm animals, costumed interpreters and artisans. A visit to the Plantation Stableyards will give you some idea of what daily life on a rice plantation was like.
Considered one of the finest examples of Georgian-Palladian architecture in the US, Drayton Hall has been protected and maintained to preserve the house and grounds as they were originally. Drayton Hall was completed in 1742 and survived both the Revolutionary and Civil wars. Originally a rice and indigo plantation, today Drayton Hall is one of the Charleston plantations that is a landmark to visit if you want to observe an example of 18th century plantation life.
Magnolia Plantation is one of the oldest Charleston Plantations and has the oldest public gardens in America. The core of the main house was built before the Revolutionary War in Summerville and was later floated down the Ashley River down to its current location after the Civil War. Magnolia also has swamp gardens, boat tours and a zoo & nature center.
Charleston Tea Plantation
America’s only commercial tea plantation, this plantation isn’t for those looking to tour an historic house or antebellum museum. It is however, a great place to spend the day among the Lowcountry’s natural beauty. Tea fields and oak trees provide an ideal setting for a picnic or family outing. Trolley tours of the plantation are also available, or you can visit the gift shop and factory to get an inside look at the the process.
After a day exploring Charleston Plantations, Governor’s House is an ideal place to rest and recount your adventures. Our selection of rooms and suites are all luxuriously appointed with period inspired furnishings and decorated with southern charm. Many rooms have private porches or verandas, the perfect way to take in the city after a busy day sightseeing. A gourmet breakfast will get your day off to a delicious start and our afternoon tea is a great way to recharge before a fun evening. A stay at our Charleston bed and breakfast will make your trip one for the memory books. Find your perfect room and start planning your Charleston getaway today!
Photo courtesy Carol M. Highsmith.