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Magnolia Cemetery

70 Cunnington Avenue, Charleston, SC 29405
+1 843-722-8638
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Ranked #6 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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Toledo, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

This is the first area we visited after landing at the Charleston airport. It is just a few minutes from the airport. Many of the grave sites are hundreds of years old. The crew of the Hunley, a Confederate States of America submarine, used in the Civil War, are buried here along with a significant number of South Carolina statesmen.... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This cemetery is home to many civil war veterans and the like. Spend a day walking around reading the headstones and reminiscing about what life must have been like during their lifetimes. Go on a ghost tour in the fall to hear the details about those who are buried there.

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

Probably the oldest cemetery I've seen. Great trees and moss, and a perfect setting for a scary movie.

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hana527
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Very historic and old. The setting was beautiful with live oaks and spanish moss. Interesting to see some of the Civil War graves but really enjoyed reading epitaphs and figuring out the family relationships. Wished there had been some handout to give us some background or guidance.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

This IS NOT a morbid visit. There are graves from the early 1800's as well as the graves of soldiers who died in the Civil War. There is also a memorial and graves of the men of the submarine The Hunley. Very interesting and beautiful location.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

Went to Cemetery late in day before closing just as storm was approaching . Cemetery is beautiful and huge . Also a little on the creepy side . Only stayed a short time as we did not want to get locked in for the night , but glad we saw it before we Charleston .

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 via mobile

I have been to Charleston several times and read a couple of books on the Magnolia Cemetery but only went there for the first time last week. Go to the office for a map. You will see many famous people buried there and it is quite a somber place to drive around and reflect on all the lives that once... More

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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

only 15 min drive from historic Charleston. Amazing stories from the headstones. drive your way around the cemetery and get out where you want. nice pond. Many confederate soldiers buried here with confederate flags still flying.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

You don't have to be interested in Confederate History to appreciate this gem. But if you are you're gonna luv it! But even if you're not... The grounds are beautifully maintained, with lush subtropical vegetation, a good sized lake, and many domesticated trees and flowers. Several of my students (I am a college prof) go to Magnolia to jog, as... More

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Rochester, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

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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