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Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston

4.8
#11 of 25 in Historic Sites in Charleston
Cemetery Tourist Spot
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 is a great place to stroll and the varied headstones are amazing. There is a receiving tomb near the water-side of the cemetery that was recently restored and was once used to receive bodies into...  more »
  • Quiet, cool, peaceful. Beautiful trees. Off the beaten track. For those who love to read tombstones, you're in heaven!  more »
  • This cemetery is off the beaten path and is huge. We weren't sure we were at the right place, but finally found a gate with the name on it. I must tell you we saw only a small portion as it goes on fo...  more »
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  • This has all the markers of the cemeteries you read about in Halloween books. The graves are very old and ornate, cracked and bent in places where trees have grown through them. The mausoleums in particular are fascinating. You get a real sense of how old Charleston is here. The cemetery buts right up against the marsh, which makes for a highly scenic experience, but bugs and heat may be a problem in the Summer. A great place to go for a walk in the morning, though.
  • Beautiful! Peaceful and clean. Amazing history to preserve.
  • Great visit. Never have i seen something like this in person and will definitely be back to explore more. This place is huge!
  • 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.
  • A wonderfully beautiful old cemetery. Amazing monuments and tons if interesting things to see!

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Charleston is serviced by dozens of local hotels and practically every major U.S. chain. Expect to pay top dollar for a room on the downtown peninsula, particularly if you wish to stay in one of the historic hotels. The upside of taking a room there is the proximity of all major attractions--you won't need a car to explore and enjoy your visit. Less expensive options are available in North Charleston, West Ashley, and Mount Pleasant, where you'll find all kinds of inns for the budget-conscious traveler.
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