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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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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46 reviews 46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

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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Charleston, South Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Acres of one of the oldest cemeteries located on a gorgeous property filled with oaks covered in spanish moss along lowcountry marshes inhabited by a variety of fowl. It's fascinating to walk the peaceful property reading and photographing the unique headstones, monuments, tombstones.

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Los Cabos, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Off the beaten track, but a great place to explore no see unique grave markers. The adventure of finding the graves of the Hunley crews.

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West Milford, New Jersey, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

As antique dealers, we have a fascination with the Victorian era and the Civil War admittedly. We haven't found this rich history chronicled better anywhere than in this cemetary. The incredible quality of the stonework, ironwork, is haunting and beautiful. Not to mention the stories some of the inscriptions tell. Whos who of Charleston's history. Confederate memorials and statuary and... More

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Denver, Colorado
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24 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The Magnolia Cemetery is one of those cemeteries you just have to explore. Some of the oldest grave sites in American history, a wonderful, but quite and cold experience.

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