McLeod Plantation Historic Site, Charleston
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  • McLeod Plantation is about a 10 minute drive from downtown Charleston and worth a visit. The grounds are not extensive and there are no walking paths like some of the larger plantations, but the house...  more »
  • We hadn't heard of McLeod Plantation on previous stops in the Charleston area so when we saw it mentioned online we decided to take a look. We were not disappointed in the least. Paul was our guide an...  more »
  • Our tour guide/interpreter was Shaun, who proved to be very knowledgeable about the McLeod Plantation, particularly as it related to the enslaved people there and the African-Americans who continued t...  more »
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  • We visited the McLeod plantation on a recent trip to Charleston. I had done some research on plantations that sites like tripadvisor etc recommend and was taken aback by the entrance fee many of those places charge (just admission and a tour (mostly of the house/manor) will run you almost $50 at places like Middleton Place). Then our Charleston Historic Tour guide recommended the McLeod plantation. I'm glad we went! As far as I understood it, the site is maintained by a non-profit. Admission and tour (45-60 mins) are just $10. I have been told that tours of other plantations focus more on the lifestyle of the plantation owners and how "the inhabitants enjoyed horseback rides through the park". At McLeod's they focus on the ~150 year history of the site and people that lived and worked here, both owner and slaves. Very honest, not hiding anything. The premises are well taken care of but not as meticulously manicured as at other plantations (i.e. they don't resemble parks that could have been built by Ludwig II) as McLeod highlights not the grandness of the place but the history. However, there is an enormous southern live oak next to the main building, which by itself is worth a visit. Long story short: if you want to spend a lot of money to walk through a nice park, go to another plantation. If you want to learn the about the complicated history of a cotton plantation, go to McLeod's.
  • Great plantation. Beautiful house. Sobering history and facts. Guided tour was good. Very informative and knowledgeable.
  • When looking for a plantation to tour near Charleston, most advertised their "exquisite gardens and beautiful home tours" but the McLeod Plantation chose to tell the story of the slaves and it seemed that other plantations dusted over that. The grounds are very beautiful and the house is nice, but the best part of the McLeod Plantation are the guided tours because they are truthful and informative.
  • McLeod (pronounced "McCloud") was a lovely visit. It's a small enough area that you can do it in an hour, it's inexpensive, and the grounds are very well-kept and beautiful. The house itself is pretty much empty except for a few banner posters with some history. There are signs you can read that explain some of the history of the plantation scattered around the property (marked on a map you can pick up at the visitor's center where you purchase your ticket).
  • Went here while on vacation and had a great experience. Our tour guide, Sara Daise, was incredible and gave great insight into the lives of people who were enslaved on this property. Highly recommend!! I was expecting a very romanticized version of slavery with a big focus on the white property owners but it wasn't like that at all...they really explored the experiences of the enslaved people and spotlighted how Gullah culture formed from many different cultural influences. Overall amazing trip and I learned a lot.