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Middleton Place

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Address: 4300 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414
Phone Number: +1 843-556-6020
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Description: Middleton Place is an 18th century rice plantation and National Historic...
Middleton Place is an 18th century rice plantation and National Historic Landmark comprising 65 acres of America's oldest landscaped Gardens, the Middleton Place House Museum and the Plantation Stableyards. The Gardens reflect the elegant symmetry of 17th century European design. Sculpted terraces, parterres, and reflection pools inhabited by swans are highlights of their intricate design. Rare camellias bloom in the winter, while vibrant azaleas blanket the hillside above the Mill Pond in the spring.
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Great tours of both gardens and the house

I admit it, this was the third day of touring and I was getting tired of it. But this tour is interesting, properly timed and the perfect mixture of history, botanical info and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
BarbaraP101
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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185 reviews 185 reviews
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116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

I admit it, this was the third day of touring and I was getting tired of it. But this tour is interesting, properly timed and the perfect mixture of history, botanical info and period lifestyles. This is not what one might expect in a plantation. Most of the original buildings were destroyed. What remains is a house that was lived... More 

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Saratoga CA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We were a couple of minutes late for a docent led tour. The lady at the ticket counter was surly , rude and so unhelpful that 6 of us almost turned around and went back. She was unhelpful for other options. It is also rip off. For everything you want to do it is extra even though we bought the... More 

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Brooklyn, Iowa
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

What a quiet and warm day to enjoy the vast gardens and rice field and flanker house and carriage/narrated ride. The garden shop and museum shop had unique gifts to browse and/or purchase. Very beautiful/landscaped lawns!

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Hot Springs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

My wife and I are in the hospitality business with 2 inns and a restaurant and winter is the best time to get away. We took 2 weeks off and went to Charleston. The last 2 nights we went to Middleton Place and stayed at the inn, visited the gardens, toured the old mansion and took in the artisans, animals... More 

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Auburn, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed our tour of the grounds at Middleton Place. The old trees, manicured walks, and azaleas were beautiful. The guide by the reflecting pool was awesome. She shared so many interesting facts about the plantation and the Middleton family. The tour of the house was okay. It was a bit stuffy and the guide was very rigid about what... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

My husband, in-laws, and I visited Middleton Plantation in mid-February. Perhaps because it was the middle of winter, but not much was going on here in the gardens except for a few lovely trees. Otherwise, the gardens weren't all they were cracked up to be. I honestly was expecting better for the price of admission. The aerial pictures are wonderful,... More 

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Stephen R, Public Relations Manager at Middleton Place, responded to this review

We are glad that you visited Middleton Place and enjoyed the Heritage Breed animals and our staff. True, the whole of the Low Country gets greener during the Spring, but we do offer our colorful Camillia Walks now, and our Azaleas will becoming into bloom in late March, as well. However, anytime of the year is a good time to... More 

Apex, North Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We visited on a col February day but the staff was warm and inviting. They took great pride in their jobs and enjoyed sharing tales with just the 2 of us. The gardens are beautiful and I can only imagine them when the azaleas are in bloom. Guess we will have to make a return trip.

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New York City, New York
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The house at Middleton Plantation is no longer there. It was burned down during the Civil war. Once you get over the fact that there is no grand house to see here you find that there is a lot of history to be seen. It is a working Plantation that shows like during plantation times. (This one was a rice... More 

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Nova Lima, MG
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Lots of history, astonishing natural and manmade beauties, and a staff that treated us like old friends, not refraining from providing an efficient service. The gardens suggests a moment or two of introspection and meditation. We traveled for 20 day through the southern States and had a lot of opportunities to visit former and famous Plantations. We were so glad... More 

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Northville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Middleton Place is a wonderful site to tour. Deemed a "working plantation," you will experience blacksmiths, seamstresses, carpenters, and potters, who will give you a ton of information about the plantation and its inhabitants throughout history. And in late August, early September, you can actually watch the men harvest the rice that was planted.

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