McLeod Plantation Historic Site, Charleston

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McLeod Plantation is located at 325 Country Club Drive on James Island, South Carolina, near the intersection of Folly and Maybank Roads. Situated at Wappoo Creek which flows into the Ashley River, historic events have been recorded throughout the period from 1678 when it first appeared on maps under "Morris." The plantation house standing on the land today was constructed in about 1858 in the Georgian style. Also on the property are six clapboard slave cabins, a detached kitchen, a dairy building, a pre-war gin house for long-staple cotton, a barn, and a carriage house. The plantation is an important Gullah heritage site preserved in recognition of its cultural and historical significance.In 1780 in the American War of Independence General Sir Henry Clinton used the original house as his headquarters while planning the siege of Charleston. The plantation was occupied by Confederate forces during most of the Civil War, and the home also served as a hospital. After the evacuation of Charleston in early 1865, it was occupied by the 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiments, which were African American soldiers. Later, the home was occupied as offices by the Freedmen's Bureau, and at one point, nearly newly freed slaves camped out on the plantation's lands. In 1926, The front and rear of the house were reversed, and the front facade was altered.
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  • We chose to visit this plantation vs all the others near Charleston after reading reviews from others. We definitely chose well. Our guide Olivia was well spoken and passionate about black women’s his...  more »
  • This was the highlight of my trip to Charleston and an amazing tour. The tour focused on the lives of the enslaved people, and for the first time, I felt like I got a detailed and honest picture of wh...  more »
  • I'm so happy to we chose to visit this plantation - a must visit in Charleston! The focus of this experience is unique in that it centers around the lives of slaves on this plantation both before and ...  more »
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  • My wife and I toured around Charleston for six days and through a recommendation arrived here. I am extremely thankful we had someone direct us here because the historic tour was phenomenal. The history shared was not at all "cleaned up" it was the raw truth. It is a heavy tour but one that I truly, deeply believe everyone traveling through Charleston should go on. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and gave many sources. The plantation is of course beautiful as well with all the giant oaks and such. Our Tour guide, Barbara, was so willing to chat afterwards and answer any questions people had. Please go on this tour.
  • A truly unique perspective of slavery and it's effects on the surrounding area, amazingly knowledgeable tour guide, Barbara was fantastic. Did an excellent job connecting many dots historically, fascinating history to include up to modern times. Not to mention the location, beautiful plantation with unique history.
  • Love showing our out of town guests this beautiful plantation! Each time we go our tour is different. Gold pass park members (aka Charleston county residents who pay an annual fee around $60) are afforded 4 free entries. We love the education and affordability!
  • I would call this a "must see" for history buffs. What a refreshing perspective on plantation life and the history behind what freedom really meant for the slaves before and after the Civil War. Barbara was an excellent guide! She wove the story from viewpoints of both owner and enslaved. It's a beautiful living example for us all.
  • Olivia was our tour guide and did an amazing job. She was very knowledgable and knew her history! It is a beautiful plantation! I am glad they decided to open this plantation 3 years ago as a museum.
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