Charleston Plantation

Last day in Charleston. Checked out of hotel and drove out to Middleton Place. It was a rice plantation, with a main house and two side houses. Only one side house remains, and you can tour that – the other two houses were badly burned in the Civil War, then crumbled to piles of bricks in the earthquake. Middleton Place has the first landscaped gardens in the U.S. Terraced lawn down to the river, “butterfly ponds,” rows and rows of camelias, plus statues hidden among the mazes of gardens. It’s also a living history museum, like Old Sturbridge Village, with costumed staff dipping candles, weaving, making pottery, blacksmithing, and more. Plus lots of animals. Then took the 2-hour drive back to the Savannah airport and home. Sh’lom, y’all.

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