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Magnolia Cemetery

Address: 70 Cunnington Avenue, Charleston, SC 29405
Phone Number: +1 843-722-8638
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Ranked #6 of 107 Attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Magnolia cemetery, a non-profit trust, is on the National Registry of Historic Places. Founded on...
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Type: Cemeteries, Sights & Landmarks
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.

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York, PA
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103 reviews 103 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

This is a short drive from anywhere in Charleston. If you have a GPS it should be no problem. There are a few cemeteries back on this road but this one is extraordinary. It might seem peculiar to want to visit such a place but I think the monuments and the iron works are just as good as some museums... More 

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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Slightly further north of downtown than you think you can go, the well kept cemetary is true low country. The marsh is barely at bay. The office house is a quaint old structure worth visiting. The staff directly me very clearly to my great-granparents graves.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

.....walking through the grounds, one definitely feels spirits of the old south. Beautiful stonework, magnolias, live oaks with flowing spanish moss.....this place is a gem

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We came here to find a virtual geocache, which we did. And then wandered the ground to enjoy the history that surrounded us. I enjoyed finding the typo on one of the bronze plagues in the center of the cemetery.

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Box Elder, South Dakota
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

As an old cemetary connoisseur, I don't think you won't find a cemetary in the Deep South that won't steal your heart. There is something about this one however. The 1st thing is, 33,000 folks are buried here. This makes it a full city of the dead, no doubt! 2000 confederate solders alone rest here. The headstones tell stories that... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

The grounds may be a little unkempt, but this is a beautiful cemetery full of history dating back to the Civil War. The trees and the Spanish Moss in the swaying wind lend an air of gothic-ness to the place, but there's absolutely nothing morbid or frightening here. Just peace and quiet and a lot of history. A bit off... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 via mobile

The perfect place to visit on a grey, rainy day. The weather added to the sense of history and time as we strolled through Spanish moss dangling live oaks past elegant and fascinating gravestones. One of my favorite spots to visit in Charleston.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Magnolia Cemetery is the most beautiful cemetery I have visited! As a former cemetery grounds keeper, I feel that I have become somewhat of a cemetery snob, and this place is a must see for those of you interested in history and good landscaping. The grounds are clean, well maintained, and well designed. I enjoyed seeing the old iron fencing... More 

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rochester, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

A beautiful, quiet place to just walk around. It is just full of history. I love all the old tombstones and moss hanging trees

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Edmond, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We went late in the day around 4:45 only to find it closed at 5. Saw only a few monuments. This is a place you need to spend several hours at to fully enjoy

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