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Middleton Place, Charleston

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Historic Site Landmark
Middleton Place once housed several generations of the Middleton family, including Arthur Middleton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Now the plantation, which was built in 1755, has been named a National Historic Landmark and serves as a museum. Perhaps most impressively, the plantation is home to the oldest landscaped gardens in America, where the staff takes care to ensure that there is always something in bloom year round. Enjoy U.S. history amid these tranquil gardens. Take a tour of the house, get a glimpse of colonial life by visiting the stable yards, or ask about guided kayak tours or horseback riding to see the grounds from a different angle. To visit Middleton Place on your holiday in Charleston, and find out what else Charleston has to offer, use our Charleston travel itinerary planner.
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  • Grounds are beautiful and the house tour was interesting. Very knowledgeable guide. We had a very hot day and most of the demonstrations for candle making, weaving, pottery, etc were empty...everyone ...  more »
  • A little pricey, but worth it if you're not in a rush and can take your time. Don't wear sandals--the paths are sand and gravel. Take the house tour, it's worth it.  more »
  • We spent 4 hours plus here exploring the beautiful gardens, took the carriage ride and toured the house. Lots of history to learn if you take the tour of the house. We also enjoyed lunch at the restau...  more »
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  • It's a bit pricey if you want the full historical house tour and carriage experience on top of the entry fee. A lot is included with the entry fee and you could be very happy with just that at this location. Make sure to ask questions. I liked the carriage tour because I love horses, but otherwise you could leave this part out. The house tour has great historical information and items throughout. If you are only looking for historical info, the other presentations available within the entry fee will provide a lot of that for you about the plantation. The garden tour could be self guided which is beautiful at every part or you could choose to follow a guide at the top of each hour for some assistance for free.
  • We are members here and love our family pass. Great place to take friends and relax for the day. Excellent buffet at the Restaurant. Great garden and home tour, and wagon ride. Very peaceful and beautiful!
  • A very well preserved historic landmark for tourists and locals alike. Come here to take a look back in time and admire the tenacity of the slaves that built this place up. You can get lost in the many secret gardens and enjoy the ponds. There's a museum, a restaurant and a souvenir shop. Make sure you make a stop to visit the sugar cane mill, the water buffaloes, the guinea hogs, the cows and the horses. It makes for a very pleasant visit with children. There's also a hotel in the property but you don't need to stay at the hotel to access the plantation fields. You've got to walk around to get to most places since there's no transportation within. Great place!
  • Middleton Place is one of the most beautiful areas to get married in the Charleston area. Incredible gardens and a rich history make a must. Incredibly professional staff.
  • What a beautiful place to visit / stay! We stayed in the Inn, which is directly beside the Ashley River with a pool that is SO well positioned and private. A short walk down the trail and you emerge into some of the most breathtaking areas the south has to offer including butterfly wing reflecting pools, landscaped ponds and walkways, and historical learning areas. We loved Eliza's house, as well as the barnyard tours where you meet the animals and learn how they and the many slaves were integral to the Middleton family's wealth through Carolina Gold rice. The Inn itself is the perfect mix of cozy and modern, allowing total ease of access to the plantation, gift shops, and gardens - don't miss the gardens!!!!