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Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston

(4.6/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web)
Founded on a rice plantation, Magnolia Cemetery represents the final resting place of 2,200 Civil War veterans. Notable politicians, poets, and army generals are also buried here. Spread across 37 hectares (92 acres) of forested grounds with landscaped paths, the cemetery holds impressive memorial plaques, busts, ornaments, and crypts. It contains the only chapel mausoleum in Charleston, as well as a large lagoon that feeds the Cooper River, used for scattering ashes. The cemetery offers occasional ghost walks and interpretive storytelling tours. Look for the curious Wm. B. Smith Pyramid at the site. Arrange to visit Magnolia Cemetery and other attractions in Charleston using our Charleston vacation builder.
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  • This cemetery is somewhat remote to downtown, and not particularly well known to locals. The setting is beautiful with old trees and a small river. This is the site where the Hunley crews are buried, ...  more »
  • My husband and I are avid readers of Clive Cussler novels. From his writings we knew that the Confederate submarine, H. L. Hunley,had been found in 1995 and raised in 2000 (which Cussler was involved ...  more »
  • Please respect the grounds, it is absolutely beautiful. Time almost stands still when you imagine how life was like when you could bury family in mausoleums and honor their graves with statues. This w...  more »
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  • Beautiful old cemetary. The 3 crews of the H.L. Hunley are buried here. Quite somber.
  • Burial site of the crew members of the H L Hunley Confederate submarine raised from Charleston harbor after nearly 150 years. It sunk the USS Housatonic in the first successful submarine warfare in 1864. Awesome and awe inspiring setting under ancient magnolias and other local flora and fauna.
  • If you like history, this is a great reminder of times past. A little morbid for a tourist stop, but we went on Memorial day and all of the veteran Graves were decorated with flags.
  • Great visit. Never have i seen something like this in person and will definitely be back to explore more. This place is huge!
  • A wonderfully beautiful old cemetery. Amazing monuments and tons if interesting things to see!