We will be coming from Myrtle Beach and would like to stop at one or more plantations on the way to charleston.What would be the best ones to visit?
The ones that we typically suggest are not between Charleston and Myrtle Beach. Boone Hall Plantation is on the outskirts of Charleston, that would be the closest of the ones we typically suggest. There are a few plantations in the Georgetown area that would be between Myrtle and Charleston.
Brookgreen Gardens (http://www.brookgreen.org) is not a plantation but a garden museum and worthy of a stop. We also really enjoy the little riverfront area of Georgetown…again, not a plantation, but historic, beautiful and worthy of a stop if you have the time – and they do have plantations in Georgetown, check their forum. As Endo stated, Boone Hall is on the Mt. Pleasant side, on your way into Charleston. If you like seafood, try to plan a meal stop at Seewee Restaurant on your way into town. You’ll be glad you did.
Hopsewee Plantation is on your way. I haven't been there in years, but one thing I remember are the mosquitoes. Puttering around the outside was free at the time and there were no house tours. I can't really speak to the inside of the house.
Take bug spray.
Hampton Plantation is one of my favorites. It's a state park and the price is right =). Bug spray is also recommended!
At this time of year, definitely Hampton Plantation.
The price is right and its location shows how plantations were out in the middle of nowhere. It has not been restored and certain sections have been taken back to the original. Another great thing about Hampton Plantation is that it doesn't get a lot of visitors, so if a docent is on-site (all volunteers) they are more than happy to show you around.
My favorite in-town house is the Aiken Rhett house. It still has the slave quarters and has been preserved, not restored.
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