Thursday, March 31, 2011

Middleton Place Charleston, South Carolina

Midddleton Place is the fabulous rice plantation in Charleston, South Carolina which has been lovingly restored after being neglected after the Civil War and the Great Earthquake of 1886.
Middleton Place, a National Historic Landmark includes the Gardens, House Museum, and Plantation Stableyards.

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It is the oldest landscaped Gardens in America, laid out in 1741, and expanded in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Start with a carriage ride around the property and into the rice fields.
 Middleton was a  self-sustaining Low Country Plantation.

 Live Oaks with Spanish Moss waving in the breezes.

 As signs warn, there are alligators in the ponds and river areas.
 Inside the Mill House one can "learn about the African Americans who sustained the agrarian plantation economy," as mentioned in the site's brochure.  the mill is located on the banks of the "Butterfly Lakes."

 The rice fields.
 Guess who is there too.

A bloom on a Camellia tree.

 More Camellia trees.
There were honey bees inside this Live Oak trunk.
 A classic vista, with the "Wood Nymph"  a marble figure (c.1810) by Rudolf Schadow.
The banks were lined with flowering Azalea shrubs.
Middleton, a wonderful place to visit when near Charleston, South Carolina.


Lily Hydrangea said...

everything looks so warm & lush! & I love those massive tree trunks.

elizabeth said...

Looks gorgeous!
Did you visit there when you were down with Karla?

Bella Bheag said...

Mighty tree trunks - look so powerful and strong!

acornmoon said...

I LOVE that old oak tree!

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

How absolutely gorgeous! Wish I were there right now ♥

Tess Kincaid said...

Those majestic live oaks are so quintessentially South Carolina. Lovely post.

JC said...

Wow, that looks like a fabulous place to walk around. Thanks for posting so many photos.

diane b said...

Isn't it great to revisit history in real life.? It looks an interesting beautiful site.

Kat_RN said...

Nice photos. We spent many lovely hours walking through those gardens. When we lived in Charleston we used to get an annual pass for just the grounds. I like to visit, but I would rather live upstate where it is not so crowded. Hope you enjoyed your stay.


A wonderful series of views of South Carolina - don't much like the sound of alligators in the rivers, though...