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Middleton Place, Charleston

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Historic Site
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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TripAdvisor
  • While Magnolia Plantation is known for its views of magnificent natural lowland vegetation and flowers, Middleton Place exhibits so much more. Many of Middleton Place's original structures remain as a...  more »
  • This is such a beautiful plantation to visit. The walk through the place was so calming and relaxing. We got to see a wedding in progress while visiting. It was such a beautiful setting!  more »
  • The Middleton family are so ensconced in American History and their Plantation reflects this fact. Signers of the Declaration of Independence. Elegant grounds, a stunning Plantation House, and a quain...  more »
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  • Middleton Place is a lovely glimpse into South Carolina's beautiful past. In my opinion, it is the prettiest of the plantations. I had dinner at the Inn -- a great way to celebrate with family while enjoying delicious food on beautiful grounds.
  • I thought South Carolina was known for being the nicest people in the US. Well that is not true at Middleton Place if you go to the museum. Linda Neale was the woman we bought our tickets from and she was very rude. She made us fill unwelcome and I felt as if we were rushed to get the tour over so she could go home. When we were getting ready to leave we let her know how we felt and she slammed the door when we left. We went to South Carolina for a sibling get together. One of my sisters was so put out about this woman that she didn't even go on the tour. No one offered to give her back the money. So if you are going to Charleston South Carolina don't go to Middleton Place. Go and enjoy another one of the plantation they have there.
  • In comparison to Magnolia Plantation our family enjoyed Magnolia much more. At Middleton Place you have to pay again to go into the house. With that said the customer service agent at the house was rude. I wanted to go into the house porch to buy tickets and she stopped me saying had to buy tickets. I told her that I was told at the entrance we could buy tickets at the house for the house tour. She then let me proceed to the air conditioned porch but when my family of three came up the stairs to the porch she told them to wait outside. It was a gazillion degrees out but she wasn't going to give them five cents of AC. And when in the tour she told my 26 yr old son to move along because he was the last one to look in one of the bedrooms. Awful experience. Magnolia was prettier with more to see. It's overall bigger. Cost less with coupons available on line.
  • Beautiful geounds, rich history. We did the slave history tour with Bill. He was great! Very knowledgeable and entertaining (used to be a teacher so he has it down!). Gardens and old freedman quarters are impressive. Much of the main house burned and fell in earthquake.
  • It's just an absurd place. The goal is to make slave life "not more horrific than it may or may not have been" (quote by Charles Duell, the Middleton Place foundation president, in the Netflix series "Chelsea does racism"). If you want to pay a lot of money to stroll through manicured gardens, learn how nice it was for the plantation owner's family to live here, and watch white people romanticize slave life, this is a great place to be! For everything else (e.g. history that is not being whitewashed), go to a plantation like McLeod or the Hampton Plantation State Park (it also only costs you a fraction).