Plantation tours in Charleston, SC are a great way to learn about Southern history at your own pace. From stately homes to actively working plantations, visitors can choose from a variety of different tours. Both guided and self-guided plantation tours are available throughout plantation homes, vast swamps, gardens and slave quarters. Charleston’s plantations are a living example of the ingenuity of plantation owners, day to day struggles of a plantations slave population and the reliance on crops for survival and local prosperity. With plantations dating back as far as the Revolutionary War, their walls tell stories of families living through amazing times of peace and war laying the groundwork for the South Carolina we know today.
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Magnolia Plantation & Gardens:
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of the United States unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry and the oldest public garden in America. Magnolia opened its gates to visitors in 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens. The plantation also offers a historic house tour, nature tram, nature boat and an award-winning program focusing on plantation slavery. Unlike a formal garden, Magnolia Plantation is the last intact, large-scale picturesque garden in the United States. Come see beautiful Magnolia-on-the-Ashley to experience the beauty of its gardens and its rich history.