Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston

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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. Plan your visit to Magnolia Cemetery and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Charleston attractions planning site .
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  • October 4, 2017
    Unique family plots, old headstones & Civil War history all over the place. Amazing huge trees & beautiful swamp ponds (with wildlife). Incredible artistry on the monuments & headstones.  more »
  • September 21, 2017
    Be ready to look at the history of South Carolina residents, and the history of the south, All 3 crews of the Hunley Submarine are buried here, including H.L. Hunley himself.  more »
  • September 8, 2017
    This is a beautiful historic cemetery developed on a former rice plantation. So many lovely markers in a scenic place. We only had a short time to visit. I could spend most of a day here. If you enjoy...  more »
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  • January 27, 2017
    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.
  • December 11, 2016
    Beautiful! Peaceful and clean. Amazing history to preserve.
  • July 21, 2016
    Great visit. Never have i seen something like this in person and will definitely be back to explore more. This place is huge!
  • August 2, 2016
    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.
  • July 26, 2016
    A wonderfully beautiful old cemetery. Amazing monuments and tons if interesting things to see!

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