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Magnolia Cemetery

70 Cunnington Avenue, Charleston, SC 29405
+1 843-722-8638
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Ranked #5 of 106 Attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries
Owner description: Magnolia cemetery, a non-profit trust, is on the National Registry of Historic Places. Founded on the site of a rice plantation in 1850 during the... more » Owner description: Magnolia cemetery, a non-profit trust, is on the National Registry of Historic Places. Founded on the site of a rice plantation in 1850 during the "rural cemetery movement". It is the resting place of 6 Civil War Generals, soldiers and sailors, governors, signers of the ordinance of secession, mayors of Charleston, Lawyers, doctors and the list is endless. Open to the public seven days a week however the office is only open Monday through Friday. Open and closing times are posted as are rules and regulations at the entrance to the cemetery. « less
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Rochester, Indiana
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We spend several hours looking at the headstones in this historic cemetery. There is plenty of driving lanes to move around in. There is a map at the office that you can pick up. The stones are so unique and so many of them tell a story. The H.L. Hunley crew burial area is a don't miss as well as... More

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Hollywood, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

You can spend the whole day there. There is so much to see and learn. A little pricey but well worth it.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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54 reviews 54 reviews
23 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I love to visit old cemeteries and photograph tombstones so this was a big highlight for me. If you enjoy doing this then you must visit. This is a large and beautiful cemetery. The pond adds to the beauty. There are some very unique tombstones here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Magnolia is a beautiful place, and the cemetery is full of azaleas and Spanish moss dripping from the oak trees during the springtime (late March-June). It really feels like you're back in time. It can be explored by car, but I also recommend walking a bit to really enjoy the different areas of the cemetery.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This is the most atmospheric cemetery I've ever visited. If you've seen True Detective, it looks like they could shoot a climactic firefight here. Beautiful landscaping, graves older than the country itself, and EERIE quiet. Most people we saw were just driving through here, but it's well worth your while to get out and walk. Quick Note: Do Not try... More

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Goose Creek, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Take time to stop at Magnolia Cemetery. The stories of the people - you can imagine - are told through many of the monuments. It is well kept for the age it is. Make sure you stop at the Hunley area.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This cemetery is great for history buffs who want to take a stroll through a beautiful garden. It is very peaceful and full of people who contributed to the development of the Charleston area. There is an area dedicated to the men of the Hunley which is quite informative. If you have some free time and have interest in the... More

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Went in the late morning, saw one other person while there. It was stunning and so serene. I just parked the car and walked until I found my way back to it eventually, and saw some of the most beautiful scenery ever. Definitely a place to unwind and leave the city behind for a bit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My husband and I had a great time exploring Magnolia Cemetary. It was suggested to us by a tour guide and we were unsure but had no other plans. It was very beautiful and interesting. I would love to go back again.

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Bellingham, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

So many cemeteries are alike, but this one is so incredible with the fact that it is so old. Just walking along and reading the tombstones is fascinating. It is so sad that the weather is taking off the wording of so many.

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