A trip to Charleston is not complete until you’ve paid a visit to the historic Boone Hall Plantation. From the plantation’s jaw-dropping Avenue of Oaks to the historic home tour to the live Gullah performance, we’ve rounded up 10 reasons Boone Hall should be on your Charleston bucket list! Scroll on and get ready to explore.
1. The drive down Boone Hall’s breathtaking Avenue of Oaks is worth the visit alone! In 1743, the son of Major John Boone planted live oak trees, arranging them in two evenly spaced rows, creating one of the most beautiful sites today.
2. Boone Hall is the only plantation in the Lowcountry to offer a live educational performance of the Gullah culture.
3. Boone Hall is one of America’s oldest working farms and offers tractor ride tours around the entire 738 acres that make up the property, showcasing the crops the plantation has been continuously growing for more than three centuries!
4. The plantation’s 1936 mansion served as Allie’s family’s summer home in the blockbuster hit “The Notebook.” Guests can enjoy a 30-minute house tour lead by a guide in historical dress, who will introduce you to the history of Boone Hall and its evolution through several owners since 1681.
5. Boone Hall presents the opportunity to dive deep into black history. Visitors can walk through each of the nine original slave cabins on the property, built between 1790 and 1810, to learn about the daily life of the enslaved, including how they worked and lived and the struggles they faced via audiovisual presentations, photographs, biographical information and pre-recorded narratives.
6. Boone Hall’s annual corn maze and pumpkin patch is a favorite fall activity for visitors and locals alike! Pick your own pumpkin from the patch and swing by the retail tent for jams, jellies and fresh fall produce.
7. The plantation’s gardens bloom year-round and feature antique roses that are more than 100 years old.
8. Boone Hall’s u-pick strawberry fields are a must in the spring! You haven’t truly lived until you’ve tasted a fresh, sweet strawberry from the farm.
9. Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively tied the knot at Boone Hall Plantation, and if you’re lucky, you may spot another beautiful bride getting ready to say “I do.” Learn more about becoming a Boone Hall bride here.
10. Boone Hall’s Butterfly Pavilion is fun for all ages! Admire numerous species of butterflies fluttering by and witness the different stages of their life cycle.
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