Stepping back in time
Although the house at Boone Hall Plantation outside of Charleston, S.C., is not as spectacular as other plantation homes I’ve visited (built in 1936), it has some of the most spectacular grounds and gardens in the Lowcountry, and is well worth the visit.
Encompassing more than 700 acres, the plantation came about in 1681 when Englishman Major John Boone arrived in Charleston and established a lucrative plantation on the banks of Wampacheone Creek. In 1743, the son of Major John Boone planted live oak trees, arranging them in two evenly spaced rows.
The massive, moss-draped branches now meet overhead, forming a natural scenic corridor that is unmatched in its splendor. One can easily get a picture of the charm of the Old South when wandering around the grounds.
The plantation offers house tours, tractor tours that take visitors on a ride throughout the plantation grounds, and garden tours that meander throughout the property. Depending on the season, the gardens are simply spectacular.
Boone Hall also have some of the few original slaves quarters that still exist in the United States today. They are made of brick that was manufactured on the property.
You can plan to spend a few hours at this site, especially if you enjoy walking. Early mornings are especially pleasant. The plantation also holds special events, and has great learning opportunities for children about the culture of the Gullah people of that region, as well as growing the crops of rice, cotton, and indigo.
Of course, I could not do a post without showing a picture of at least one ancient tree. Imagine the things it has seen in the last 200 years!
Boone Hall is located in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., eight miles from downtown Charleston.
Boone Hall Plantation
1235 Long Point Rd.
Mt. Pleasant, S.C. 29464
Ticket prices are as follows:
- Regular Adult Admission $26
Children (6-12) $12
Children 5 and under admitted free with adult.