Plantations of Charleston, South Carolina – Charleston’s plantations were an economical staple, illustrating the history and culture of the South prior to the Civil War. These are among Charleston’s most beautiful plantations that will immerse you in both history and beauty.
Boone Hall, located along the famous Avenue of Oaks, transports the modern traveler 250 years into the Charleston’s past. The canopy of the oaks, the Spanish Moss draping down, is like a tunnel leading you into the not-so-distant past. The trees that make up this avenue were planted by the son of the man the home is named for. The son of Major John Boone planted two rows of oaks in 1743, all evenly spaced, in an effort to highlight his family’s prosperity. The Avenue of Oaks is just one feature of Boone Hall that remains unchanged.
At Boone Hall, you can tour the main home and its surrounding grounds and gardens, as well as listen to traditional stories told by an African Gullah. There are still nine of the original cabins that were the quarters for the slaves standing to the southeast of the Manor House. The plantation has remained a working farm, and you can pick your own strawberries every spring or choose a pumpkin for your children in October. They have a seasonal farm stand where you can also purchase the season’s produce.
Drayton Hall is one of very few masterpiece plantations that have held stringently to preserving a plantation in as near to its original condition as possible. They’ve avoided the lure of today’s conveniences, such as plumbing and electricity. Modern life hasn’t touched Drayton Hall, and neither have wars or earthquakes or hurricanes since the plantation was built in 1738-1742.
Guided tours are provided of Drayton Hall. You can also opt to go exploring down by the river or through the surrounding marshes. On the grounds of Drayton is the oldest cemetery for African Americans that is still being used. Visitors will be taken on an interactive journey through the slave trading days in Africa and the slaves’ journeys to America, as well as through the plight of slavery to the glory of emancipation. You can also get to know all seven Drayton generations.
Charleston is a city alive with modernity and a heartbeat of history.