• Middleton Place - Charleston, South Carolina

      Italian Sculpture at Middleton Place
      Photo by Kimberly Goza
      America's oldest landscaped gardens, and a great deal of history, can be found at Middleton Place, a former plantation near Charleston. The estate was the primary base of the Middleton family, who owned 19 plantations in the area (staffed by as many as 1000 slaves). One member of the family was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The main house is in ruins, but a guest house still stands, furnished to give a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of the plantation's heyday.

      If you go:
      The plantation is open year-round, but during warmer weather you'll have more opportunities to observe demonstrations of blacksmithing, pottery and other period trades. The camellias begin blooming in February.


      4300 Ashley River Road
      Charleston, South Carolina 29414 USA

      Mailing address:
      4300 Ashley River Road
      Charleston, SC 29414 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Recorded Information
      +1 (800) 782-3608

      +1 (843) 556-6020