Ashley River Road

National Scenic BywaySouth Carolina

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  • The Surviving South Wing  of the Plantation Home at Middleton Place

    The surviving south wing of the home faces the road, where visitors enter the grounds. The original front of the home faces the Ashley River, which visitors used for travel during colonial times.

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  • The Banks of the Ashley River

    Live oaks draped in Spanish moss line the banks of the scenic Ashley River.

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  • Spring at Magnolia Plantation

    Though only March, the gardens at Magnolia Plantation are green and lush. The pink blossoms on the trees are the only indication of early spring.

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  • The Plantation Home at Magnolia Plantation

    The home that now sits on the grounds of Magnolia Plantation is actually the third home to be on this location. The first home was burned accidentally, the second was burned by Union troops during the Civil War.

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  • Drayton Hall Offers Visitors a Unique Glimpse of the Colonial South.

    This National Historic Landmark is the oldest and the finest surviving example of Georgian Palladian architecture in the South.

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  • Saucer Magnolias at Magnolia Plantation

    Rich violet saucer magnolias blossom in the spring.

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  • Camellia

    Bright camellias bloom all over the gardens at Middleton Place.

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  • Hanging Moss Frames St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

    Leaf strewn paths and mottled sunlight lines the brick pathway to the entrance of the simple and elegant St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

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  • Path Leading to the Plantation House of Magnolia Gardens

    Verdant foliage breaks onto the gravel path which leads to the rear of the plantation house at Magnolia Gardens.

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  • Wood Nymph Fastening Her Sandal

    This figure of a wood nymph fastening her sandal has become an icon for Middleton Place and is embossed on their self-guided tour brochure and admittance stickers.

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  • Drayton Hall from the Ashley River

    The front of Drayton Hall and its grounds can be taken in from this view near the Ashley River.

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  • Spring Blossoms on "The Street" at Magnolia Plantation

    Bright blossoms contrast against the ramshackle slave quarters.

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  • Petal-Peppered Statues at Middleton Place

    Pink camellia petals carpet a pathway leading to a statuary of musical cherubs decorated with flowers by a visitor to the gardens.

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  • Peacock

    The iridescent feathers of a peacock cascade down a tree at Middleton Place.

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  • Historical Interpretor at Middleton Place

    This cooper in the stableyards tells a tale of what it would be like to labor at the plantation.

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  • Ashley River Road

    Trees provide shady spots on this southern road in the summertime.

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