Ashley River Road

National Scenic BywaySouth Carolina

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  • Ashley River Road

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

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  • The Smoking Room at Drayton Hall

    This small outbuilding served several purposes over the years; one use as a luxurious, seven-seat privy. It was converted to an office in the late 19th century with the addition of a fireplace, chimney and new roof.

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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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  • Palmettos on a Street in Charleston

    Palmettos line a street in downtown Charleston.

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  • The Back of Drayton Hall

    The symmetrical Georgian Palladian architecture of Drayton Hall was constructed between 1738-1742.

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  • A Swamp at Drayton Hall

    Visitors may see interesting wildlife at this swamp near the exit at Drayton Hall.

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  • Strutting Peacock

    A brightly colored peacock struts around the stableyards 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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  • 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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  • Blue Skies Over the Springfield Baptist Church.

    Established in 1863, the Springfield Baptist Church is one of the oldest churches freely organized by African Americans.

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  • On the Grounds of Middleton Place

    Chickens and peacocks roam the stableyard area in front of fenced small brick buildings at Middleton Place.

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  • Middleton Place

    Sheep graze in front of the remnants of the main house.

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  • Path to the Ashley River

    This path leads from the plantation house to the banks of the Ashley River.

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  • A Pond at Middleton Place

    A view of a reflection pond is complemented by surrounding trees and grass.

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  • Exploring Magnolia Gardens in Springtime

    A visitor explores Magnolia Gardens in the springtime.

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  • The Long White Bridge at Magnolia Gardens

    Give your friends at home a call and tell them to get on the Internet. You can wave hello from this bridge via a webcam.

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  • Garden Statue at Magnolia Plantation

    A statue next to a pond at Magnolia Plantation possibly weighs the balance of good and evil.

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  • Pink Swamp at Magnolia Plantation

    Intriguing swamps decorated with bronze birds offer a look at the unique ecology of Magnolia Gardens.

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  • Couple in the Gardens of Magnolia Plantation

    A couple enjoys the romantic atmosphere of Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

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  • Entrance to the Swamp Gardens of Magnolia Plantation

    This creature-topped entrance ushers visitors into the eerily beautiful Audubon Swamp Garden.

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  • Saucer Magnolias at Magnolia Plantation

    Rich violet saucer magnolias blossom in the spring.

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  • The Governor's House

    This National Historic Landmark and former governor's mansion is now a well-known bed and breakfast.

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  • Hospitality Pineapple Fountain

    The symbolic pineapple represents hospitality in South Carolina, and Charleston is full of both the symbol and the hospitality!

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  • Rainbow Row in Charleston, SC

    Colorful and diverse facades make Rainbow Row a famous tourist attraction in downtown Charleston.

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  • Waterfront Park in Charleston

    Palmettos and park benches line the promenade of Waterfront Park.

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  • Pier and Overlook of Charleston Harbor

    Bench swings and picnic tables make this pier and overlook at Waterfront Park a perfect place to relax.

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  • The North Charleston Visitor Center

    Stop by the North Charleston Visitor Center for friendly and helpful service.

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  • Battleship Near Sullivan's Island, SC

    A battleship cruises past Sullivan's Island.

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  • Modern Lighthouse on Sullivan's Island

    This more contemporary lighthouse still encompasses the charm of the old-fashioned proto-types.

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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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  • Eliza's Room at Middleton Place

    Visitors may feel like they're peeping into a life outside their own while glimpsing through the window into Eliza's room.

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  • "Wood Nymph" at Middleton Place

    This marble figure created by Rudolf Schadow around 1810 survived the burning of the plantation by Union troops.

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  • The Atlantic Ocean from Sullivan's Beach

    Sullivan's Beach in Charleston provides easy access to view the Atlantic and comb for seashells.

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  • A Street Scene in Historic Downtown Charleston

    Visitors park along the narrow streets of downtown Charleston to walk the sidewalks of the charming area and browse posh boutiques.

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  • The Harbor Along the Battery in Historic Charleston

    Visitors can sit and gaze out at the harbor from the Battery in Historic Charleston.

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  • A Lovely Courtyard in Downtown Charleston

    A courtyard provides a quiet, shady place for visitors to take a rest.

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  • Circular Congregational Church in Charleston

    Founded in 1681, Circular is one of the two earliest churches in South Carolina.

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  • A Quiet Street Scene in Historic Downtown Charleston

    Palmettos line the sidewalks on a street in Charleston.

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  • An Alligator at Middleton Place

    An alligator lounges on the shores of Butterfly Pond on the grounds of Middleton Place.

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  • The Banks of the Ashley River at Middleton Place

    Live oaks and Spanish moss complete this scenic view of the Ashley River at Middleton Place.

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  • The Dairy and Slave Church at Middleton Place

    The top floor of the dairy was used as a worship place for many slaves during the plantation's early years.

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  • The Grounds of Middleton Place

    The dairy and plantation home sit in the background in this view of the Middleton Place grounds from across the pond.

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  • Livestock Grazing Near the Planation Home at Middleton Place

    Sheep munch on grass behind the home at Middleton Place.

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  • The Front of Middleton Place

    The only remaining of the three largest structures of Middleton Place, this home serves as a museum of possessions owned by the original owners and their descendants.

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  • The Side of the Plantation Home

    Ivy creeps along the brick of the Middleton Place plantation home.

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  • Eliza's House at Middleton Place

    The home of one of the slaves at Middleton Place, Eliza's house tells a story of one of the historical figures to live life on the plantation.

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  • The Rice Mill at Middleton Place

    This building served an important process in the rice business. Run by a turbine, the mill was used as a final processing place before rice was taken to the city and sold.

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  • Flooded Rive Fields

    This authentic rice field illustrates how the plantation owners made their living along the Ashley River.

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  • The Ruins of the Original Plantation Home

    The original plantation home was burned by Union troops in 1865. The gutted walls were leveled completely by the Great Earthquake of 1886.

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  • The Stable Yard of Middleton Place

    Middleton Place was once its own community. Located in the stable yards are stations of living history, where you can watch a blacksmith, potter, woodworker, or weaver explain their trade.

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  • A Living History Actor at Middleton Place

    An actor describes his woodworking trade to visitors of Middleton Place.

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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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  • The Barbados Tropical Gardens at Magnolia Plantation

    The Barbados Tropical Garden greenhouse exhibit contains plants native to Barbados, the original home of Thomas Drayton, the first owner of the plantation.

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  • The Long White Bridge at Magnolia Plantation

    The Long White Bridge at Magnolia Plantation was built around 1840, and leads visitors to more magnificent gardens.

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  • A Walking Bridge at Magnolia Plantation

    A lovely bridge sits in the distance, surrounded by southern vegetation.

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  • A Colorful Garden and Still Pond

    Blossoming trees across the water indicate the beginnings of spring in the gardens of Magnolia Plantation.

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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 Biblical Garden at Magnolia Plantation

    The Biblical Garden contains plants from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.

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  • The Entrance to the Plantation

    A charming path leads visitors to the plantation home and grounds.

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  • The Giftshop at Magnolia Gardens

    The giftshop of Magnolia Gardens is located in the basement of the plantation home.

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  • The Grounds of Magnolia Plantation

    A view from the back porch of the plantation home shows the expansive grounds of the plantation.

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  • The Front of the Plantation Home at Magnolia Plantation

    A pathway from the Ashley River leads to the front of the house.

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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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  • The Magnolia Plantation Sign

    This sign tells the story of Magnolia Plantation.

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  • The Drayton Family Crest

    This mantle in the Drayton Hall plantation home showcases the authentic Drayton family crest.

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  • The Drayton Hall Museum and Giftshop

    Browse through real antebellum artifacts or purchase some lovely reproductions or souvenirs at the Drayton Hall giftshop.

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  • A Pond and Wagon Mound at Drayton Hall

    The grounds behind Drayton Hall include a lovely pond and a mound where visitors could turn their wagons.

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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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  • Visitors explore the grounds of Drayton Hall

    Some visitors take time before the guided house tour to look around and take pictures of the grounds.

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  • The Ashley River at Drayton Hall

    The Ashley River served as a way to transport rice crops to Charles Town (now Charleston) to sell or trade.

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  • A Pond on the Plantation's Grounds

    This pond, off center and of interesting shape, contrasts with the rest of the symmetrical lines and angles of the home and grounds.

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  • Visitors on the Drayton Hall Grounds

    A group of visitors gather near the Smoking Room awaiting a guided tour.

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  • A House Tour at Drayton Hall

    An enthusiatic guide gives a fascinating tour of the preserved home and its owner's history.

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  • The Interior of Drayton Hall

    The National Historic Trust preserves the history of the Drayton Hall by conserving the original paint and architecture.

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  • A Well on the Drayton Hall Grounds

    A brick well on the grounds of Drayton Hall sits amongst a backdrop of live oaks draped in Spanish moss.

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  • Camellias at Magnolia Gardens

    Camellias abound throughout Magnolia Gardens in early spring.

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  • Historical Marker Along the Ashley River

    Flags complement a historical marker near the Ashley River, which tells about the British Attack of 1780.

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  • Bridge Over a Pond at Magnolia Plantation

    Vegetation surrounds a red bridge spanning one of the ponds in Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

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  • Covered Rest Area Near Plantation House at Magnolia Plantation

    A covered rest area at Magnolia Plantation offers respite from a long day on your feet.

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  • National Register of Historic Places Plaque at Magnolia Plantation

    A plaque on one of the garden fences marks Magnolia Plantation and Gardens as one of the nation's historic places.

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  • John Greenleaf Whittier Quote on Garden Fence at Magnolia Plantation

    A quote from the poetry of Whittier reads, "Give fools their gold, and knaves their power;/ Let fortune?s bubbles rise and fall;/ Who sows a field, or trains a flower,/ Or plants a tree, is more than all."

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  • Public Beach on The Atlantic Ocean

    A public beach on Sullivan's Island gives tourists a look at the Atlantic Ocean.

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  • Drayton Hall Sign

    Visitors will easily find the entrance to Drayton Hall. Signs leading up to the historic site are easily visible.

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  • Driving Up to Drayton Hall

    The long driveway framed by overhanging branches creates a dramatic entrance to the Drayton Hall estate.

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  • Memorial Bridge Near St. Andrew's Church

    This white memorial bridge leads over a quiet pond with a fountain and provides benches for quiet reflection.

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  • Olive Branch Church

    This church was built by African Americans after the Civil War and still retains a membership of descendants from that time.

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  • Springfield Baptist Church

    Established in 1863, the Springfield Baptist Church is one of the oldest churches freely organized by African Americans.

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  • St. Andrew's Parish Church

    This church built in 1706 is one of the oldest churches remaining in the Carolinas.

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  • St. Phillip's Church

    This church was built by African Americans after the Civil War and still retains a membership of descendants from that time.

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  • Inside the Barbados Garden

    A mythic Greek figure greets visitors to the Barbados Garden, a greenhouse full of plants native to Barbados.

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  • Bench in the Barbados Garden

    Benches scattered along the paths inside the Barbados Garden provide the perfect resting spot to examine different plant species.

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  • Carriage Ride Waiting Area at Magnolia Plantation

    Visitors can relax on benches while waiting for a carriage ride to tour the plantation and its extensive gardens.

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  • "The Street" at Magnolia Plantation

    A sign welcomes visitors to "The Street" where they can see original slave quarters.

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  • Slave Quarters on "The Street" at Magnolia Plantation

    A massive live oak frames this view of slave quarters on Magnolia Garden's street.

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  • Original Pre-Civil War Cabin at Magnolia Plantation

    Visitors can get a glimpse of pre-Civil War life while visiting "The Street."

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  • Spring Blossoms on "The Street" at Magnolia Plantation

    Bright blossoms contrast against the ramshackle slave quarters.

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  • The Plantation House

    After the original plantation house was burned during the Civil War, the family hunting cottage was moved piece by piece to the plantation grounds.

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  • Miniature Horses at the Plantation House

    Miniature horses graze on the lawn in front of the plantation house at Magnolia Gardens.

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  • Playground at Magnolia Gardens

    Magnolia Gardens offers everything, from bike rentals to carriage rides and playgrounds for the kids.

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  • Geese at Magnolia Gardens

    Geese roam the lawns at Magnolia Gardens.

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  • Horticulture Maze at Magnolia Gardens

    Explore the horticulture maze at Magnolia Gardens.

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  • Glimpse of the Long White Bridge

    Visitors can catch a glimpse of the famous Long White Bridge, which has become a symbol for the gardens, from many vantage points within the gardens.

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  • Statuary in the Gardens

    A cupid-figure, one of Magnolia Gardens' many statuaries, rests among daffodils and ducks.

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  • Islands of Color in Magnolia Gardens

    Islands decorated with statuary and pansies add a splash of color to the ponds of Magnolia Gardens.

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  • Getting Oriented at Middleton Place

    A greeter orients visitors as they first enter the plantation.

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  • Camellia

    Bright camellias bloom all over the gardens at Middleton Place.

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  • Looking at the Ashley River

    A visitor rests on a bench shaded by a massive live oak and looks over the Ashley River.

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  • Ashley River Walkway

    A walkway lines the river, offering a peaceful walk past the lawns and gardens of Middleton Place.

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  • Sunning Alligator and Turtles

    Turtles and an alligator sun themselves near one of the butterfly lakes at Middleton Place.

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  • Touring the Grounds of Middleton Place

    Visitors tour the undulating grounds beyond the house.

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  • The Spring House from a Distance

    Visitors can view the Spring House of Middleton Place (one of the many outbuildings necessary on a plantation) from across the pond on the Camellia Trail.

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  • The Spring House from a Distance

    Visitors can view the Spring House of Middleton Place (one of the many outbuildings necessary on a plantation) from across the pond on the Camellia Trail.

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  • The Stableyards at Middleton Place

    A visitor enters the stableyards where she can get a close-up view of farm animals.

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  • Stables of Middleton Place

    The stables mimic the facade of the main house.

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  • Civil War Memorial in Charleston

    A small park in downtown Charleston pays homage to those who lost their lives for the Confederacy during the Civil War.

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  • Wrought Iron Work in the French Quarter of Charleston

    Fancy wrought iron decorates the facade of this building in the French Quarter of downtown Charleston.

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  • Cemetery Near St. Andrew's Church

    A peaceful cemetery near Old St. Andrew's Church enhances the feel of quiet reverence in this spot.

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  • Historical Marker at St. Andrew's Church

    A marker tells visitors the fascinating history of St. Andrew's Church and its influence on the Ashley River Road.

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  • Welcome Sign for Magnolia Plantation

    A large sign welcomes tourists to Magnolia Gardens and describes all the activities available.

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  • Statue in Center of the Horticulture Maze

    Finding your way through the twists and turns of the horticulture maze will lead you to a restful spot of contemplation, watched over by this statue.

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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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  • Swan Near Pond

    A swan gracefully curves its long neck near a pond in the stableyards of Middleton Place.

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  • The Barbados Garden

    Entering the Barbados Garden is like stepping into a different world.

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  • Camellias on Magnolia Garden Pathways

    Bright pink camellias and Spanish moss create an atmosphere of romance on the garden pathways.

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  • Palmettos at the Plantation House of Magnolia Plantation

    Vegetation borders the pathway to the entrance of the plantation house.

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  • Spanish Moss over the Ashley River

    Spanish moss hangs from a live oak over the banks of the Ashley River creating a reflection on the water.

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  • Garden Bridge View at Magnolia Gardens

    Foliage frames this view of a red bridge spanning a pond at Magnolia Gardens.

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  • Pink Ponds and White Bridge at Magnolia Gardens

    Pink turns the moss-covered ponds into a delightful vision.

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  • An Abundance of Camellias

    Camellias fill the garden paths of Middleton Place, whether still blooming on the bushes or carpeting the paths with petals.

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  • The Ashley River Road

    Shade-giving trees overhang the Ashley River Road to create a separate space from the hustle and bustle of Charleston.

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  • Distant View of Middleton Place

    An expansive lawn where sheep graze leads up to the present plantation house.

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  • Farmyard with Peacock at Middleton Place

    Chickens, roosters, and a peacock make themselves at home in the farmyard by the stables of Middleton Place.

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  • Farmyard with Peacock at Middleton Place

    Chickens, roosters, and a peacock make themselves at home in the farmyard by the stables of Middleton Place.

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  • The Peacock's Full Fan of Feathers

    A peacock in the farmyard of Middleton Place shows off his array of colors.

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  • Little Piggies at Middleton Place

    A new litter of piglets feed in the fenced-off farmyard of Middleton Place.

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  • Eliza's House at Middleton Place

    Named after the last person to live in this house, Eliza Leach, who died in 1986 at the age of 94, Eliza's House is much the same as it was for the past 100 years.

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  • Eliza's House at Middleton Place

    Eliza's House still stands as a monument to those who lived and worked at Middleton Place even after the Civil War.

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  • House Museum at Middleton Place

    Portraits of the family, including several by Benjamin West, and other family heirlooms are on display as part of the House Museum tour.

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  • Original Steps on the Ashley River at Middleton Place

    Although the original house burned at the hands of Union troops in 1865, the original steps facing the Ashley River remain as a reminder.

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  • Ruins of the Original Home at Middleton Place

    Piles of brick and part of a wall structure have survived the years and still stand in the original site of the home.

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  • Chapel at the Spring House at Middleton Place

    The upper floor of the Spring House was converted by "particular request" into a chapel for the benefit of the slaves working on the plantation.

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  • Visitors by the House Museum at Middleton Place

    Visitors to Middleton Place exit the house museum and descend a staircase to continue exploring the extensive grounds.

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  • Carriage Rides at Middleton Place

    Carriage rides will take visitors around the gardens and grounds of Middleton Place - a nice alternative for tired feet!

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  • Carriage Rides at Middleton Place

    Carriage rides will take visitors around the gardens and grounds of Middleton Place - a nice alternative for tired feet!

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  • Middleton Place Restaurant

    Complete your experience by tasting authentic southern cuisine made fresh at the Middleton Place Restaurant.

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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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  • Middleton Place Museum Shop

    Find the perfect souvenir of your trip to Middleton Place at the museum shop, located by the ticket booths.

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  • Path Across from the Reflection Pool

    When first entering the Middleton Place gardens, visitors can choose the path alongside the reflection pool to start their adventures for the day.

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  • Sundial Garden at Middleton Place

    Check the time of day at this sundial.

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  • Colossal Live Oak Tree

    Although it's difficult to see, a woman stands next to this colossal live oak to show its amazing size.

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  • Amphibians and Alligators

    Visitors from far away might be surprised to see turtles and alligators at the butterfly lakes of Middleton Place.

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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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  • The Ashley River Road

    Because of dense vegetation on both sides of the road, cars may drive on the Ashley River Road everyday without realizing the depth of beauty beyond the brush.

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