Impeccable Landscapes. Exceptional Architecture. Memories For A Lifetime.

It's easy to forget that these preserved plantations and gardens are just minutes from the hustle and crowds of downtown Charleston. As you lose yourself amongst the moss-covered oak trees and blooming azaleas, you can't help but find yourself being transported on a journey back in time.

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Behold the enchantment of America’s oldest landscaped gardens, the finery of the House Museum’s collections and the artistry of the craftsmen in the Plantation Stableyards! Daily activities focus on 18th and 19th century agriculture, horticulture, African American history and heritage-breed livestock.
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Come and see why Magnolia is South Carolina’s “Most Visited Plantation” and why Magnolia is the only garden in South Carolina selected as one of “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens” by Travel & Leisure, 2014. “If you have one plantation to see, don’t miss Magnolia!” We Welcome you!
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Opening Spring 2015! The 36-acre McLeod Plantation located on James Island was established in 1851. It is an important Gullah/Geechee heritage site carefully preserved in recognition of the generations of enslaved people and its cultural and historical significance in American History.
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Stroll 4 miles of beautiful garden trails, paddle through cypress swamp, relax in a greenhouse with butterflies and flowers or discover native and exotic reptile exhibits and the freshwater aquarium. It’s a great site for field trips, receptions and meetings.
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“A must see!” – NBC Daytime Television. Boone Hall reflects Southern heritage spanning 300 years on one magnificent “still working” plantation. House tours, gardens, slave cabins, plantation coach tours, live performances in season, cafe, plus one of the world’s longest oak-lined avenues.
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The oldest unrestored plantation house in America still open to the public. Admission includes guided House Tour, Connections Program: From Africa to America, interactive landscape tour, African-American cemetery, nature walks, Museum Shop. Please call ahead for hours and tour times.
Charleston Tea Plantation
Visit Charleston Tea Plantation for a fun and educational one-of-a-kind experience. See and hear how tea is grown and made into the world's 2nd most consumed beverage. Free Factory Tour, unique Gift Shop, spectacular views and all the tea you can drink!
Hampton Plantation State Historic Site
Daily from 9am-6pm. Mansion tours: school year (Labor Day to Memorial Day) Th-M 1pm-4pm; summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day) daily 11am-4pm. Hwy 17 between Charleston and Myrtle Beach stop and see a picturesque plantation. Grounds contain former rice fields, gardens, and mansion.
Irvin-House Vineyards
Charleston's only estate winery. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Visitors can taste authentic southern wine, visit the animals and stroll through the vineyard. Tastings every 30 minutes. Children and pets welcome! Feel free to bring a picnic.
Magnolia Cemetery
The oldest cemetery in Charleston, founded in 1849 on the banks of the Cooper River, is inhabited by generations of southern leaders. On the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors are welcome. 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Free.
Mepkin Abbey and Gardens
1949 Catholic Trappist monks have lived and worked on this 3,000 acre 18th century Cooper River rice plantation. Visitors tour a working monastery and adjacent gardens and shop in Mepkin Abbey Store featuring monastic products and unique handcrafted items.