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McLeod Plantation Historic Site, Charleston
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A very inexpensive experience with a high level of knowledge from our wonderful young tour guide (her first day). The outdoor tour of the ground and slave quarters was lovely and full of history! The ... read more »
This tour is more about the plantation and life for the people on it that it is about seeing a plantation house. The guide talked a great deal about the enslaved people that lived here. She never used... read more »
$10 admission gets you a 45 minute tour of grounds with interesting history. You go inside the vacant plantation home on your own. Don't get snagged by a tour company that will charge you $39 because ... read more »
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.
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.
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.
Very informative. A number of plantation tours tend to brush over slavery, rewrite the facts and down play events. Probably out of shame. Our tour guide (Barbara) was very knowledgeable and expressed the value of preserving the culture and heritage of slaves whose blood and sweat built America. So grateful for this tour and even more grateful to those who toiled, sacrificed and endured injustices.
Perhaps the best $10.00 I have ever spent.....Barbara Brundage, our guide, was absolutely fabulous. Her grasp of the history of the slavery and the social attitudes of these times breathed life into the entire presentation. As a lifelong caucasian, I have also now come to more fully understand the "Black Lives Matter" movement. An indepth explanation of slavery and the Jim Crow laws, as essential parts of the history of the McLeod Plantation and the state of South Carolina, is presented with no punches pulled along with a sober, objective explanation of the socio- economic aspects of these times. This is not a presentation of lovely gardens and mint juleps being sipped on the veranda, but a straight forward, honest, accurate depiction of life on the plantation. Barbara will awaken a strong feeling of sadness over the treatment of these people who were brought to our shores against their will and have been treated unfairly and with great disdain since that time. DO NOT miss this tour!
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