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Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, Beech Island

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Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site is a state park in South Carolina, USA. Redcliffe Plantation, also known as Redcliffe, completed in 1859, is a Greek Revival plantation house located on the site that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house was designed by the baron Louis Berckmans and was built in 1857. It was built for James Henry Hammond and was home to three generations of his descendants. His great-grandson John Shaw Billings, editor of Time, Life, and Fortune magazines, donated the estate and collections to the people of South Carolina in 1973. The same year it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • This was my first time to a plantation house and I was unsure of what to expect. The plantation house, slave quarters and horses stable were kept up pretty decent. Our tour guide Elizabeth was pretty ...  more »
  • We arrived at the plantation and the service at the desk was great. We purchased our tickets from Doug who was so friendly. We all met on the verandah of the mansion and proceeded inside. Turns out Do...  more »
  • Start at the visitor center center & gift shop for the times of the tours. Reasonable fee is charged. Knowledgable tour guide takes you through the main plantation house explaining each room and it's ...  more »
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  • Ranger Guide Elizabeth is amazing and full of knowledge. Joy is very sweet and welcoming as well. I will return another day.
  • It's hard to rate or "like" a place that was part of a dark period of our country's history. With this said I decided to visit this historic plantation in Beach Island, SC which was a few minutes away from my campground. I'd never been to a plantation in my life but thought I'd objectively visit the grounds. It's free to wander around the house however there is an admittance fee if you want to tour the home. Tours are only available on certain days, I didn't tour the inside of the home but was able to walk up and around the porch area on my visit. The views and grounds are pretty and well maintained but beware of red ant hills. There is free parking available, a visitor center and some open exhibits in the old barn and slaves quarters. It hard walking around and not feeling disturbed by the injustice of that period in time.
  • Off the beaten path, on a dirt road, this historical plantation is close to original status. Nice informative guide and reasonably priced tour of the plantation main house & antiques scattered throughout the home. Other buildings still standing are the horse stables, and former slave quarters. Visitor center, with small gift shop, displays, & restrooms, is separate from the home.
  • I have always wanted to visit a plantation. Although this one has been changed over the years, it was easy to visualize how it looked originally.
  • Much respect for John Shaw Billings who donated this property and his family's papers. The site intimately reveals the good, the bad, and the ugly of our shared past. The guide was particularly sensitive, honest, and knowledgeable about the history of the family and the house.