Thursday, June 30, 2011

Boone Hall Plantation- Definitely Go for a Visit!


Happy Thursday from Charleston Treasures!  I wanted to share this experience with you......We spent a gorgeous summer afternoon strolling around the grounds of Boone Hall Plantation and it was worth the trip!  

Boone Hall is located on Long Point Road in Mt. Pleasant and is the oldest, working, living plantation in America.  The owner's use it as a part-time residence and the buildings and grounds are perfectly kept up and it's functioning.

It has changed hands several times over the years and I won't bore you with that history and the main house has been rebuilt but the interesting thing is that the land is STILL being used for massive crops.  They grow tomatoes, squash, berries, melons, cotton, onions, pumpkins, pecans and more.  They have bee-hives on the property and make and sell their own honey.  They host a corn maze and haunted house along with hay rides every October.  There isn't much that can't be found on this property.  They sell their goods here.  I was and am amazed!  It's southern plantation living at it's best!

The main house comes into view at the end of a very long drive.  The road is nestled between two rows of spanish-moss covered oaks that were planted by a young Mr. Boone.  It's an incredible view and has been the sight of many movie locations....think, the home of the rich girl in "The Notebook"?!?  Amazing!

At the end of this spectacular drive, you find yourself in front of the plantation house itself.....



It's just impressive!  Once we parked and had a map, we toured Slave Street....


Every major, working plantation had one.  It's a row of small cabins where the plantation slaves lived, cooked, slept, gathered and relaxed....if you can call it that!  The cabins were one tiny room and the buildings were built in rows-resembling a street.  On this property, each cabin contains a guest box.  Push the button and you get some type of pre-recorded lesson about the slaves and their position on the plantation.



 We learned a lot in a short amount of time.  We also got to complete an inside tour of the bottom floor of the main house.  The top floors are used as the residence but the main floor is open and what a sight!  Photos weren't allowed but, take my word for it, the dining hall, library, main entrance and loggia were amazing!  This was our exit from the main house.  Everything is secluded and covered in green.....



Because they host so many visitors, they have set up a small cafe for drinks, ice cream and souvenirs.  It's quaint but don't plan on this place for lunch.  The Butterfly Cafe is a great stop-over for a soda or ice-cream cone.


It was interesting to see the farm equipment housed in this small shanty.  It reminded me that it definitely was a working plantation, crops, fields, mowing.....


A licensed guide shuttled us on a 12 passenger open-air bus that covered the 700-some acre property so that we could see how it really was laid out.  The property is really diverse.  Swamp lands-both salt-water and fresh water were visible throughout the ride.  The fresh water was needed when it was mainly a rice plantation...


We also got to see the building that now houses the Gullah Theatre.  A Georgetown native shared a half hour of tales, history and insight about the Gullah people.  She was also an artist with her wares for sale.





After her presentation, we spent some time walking through the Dock House.  Anything that was shipped up the river to Charleston, goods, supplies, animals, and people were loaded onto the boats from this place.  It has been completely remodeled recently and is available for rent.  I am planning on remembering this location in the event that I ever need to plan an outdoor southern wedding.  It really was a beautiful spot on the water...



So, if you are in the area, this is one place that you do not want to miss.  It has everything.  Beautiful plantation views.  A wonderful history.  Some great tour guides to share the culture of the 1800's.  Visit Boone Hall Plantation.  You will be so glad you did!!


1235 Long Point Road
Mt. Pleasant, SC  29464

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