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“Give Yourself a Whole Day to Enjoy This Plantation” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Middleton Place

Middleton Place
4300 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414
+1 843-556-6020
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Ranked #4 of 219 things to do in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: 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.
Summit, New Jersey
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“Give Yourself a Whole Day to Enjoy This Plantation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Middleton Place has an amazing array of antebellum displays: A house full of exquisite antiques, dozens of unique and fascinating gardens, and craftsman demonstrating authentic period tasks. We found all but one guide to be top-notch, and even the one that wasn't excellent was pretty darned good! The admission price seemed steep at first, but considering all that Middleton Place has to offer, it is an excellent value.

Visited October 2012
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“Middleton Place is worth the trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I loved this place. It has a nice trail that winds around the property and gives you some great photo opportunites. The formalness of the gardens stands in contrast to many other plantation areas nearby. The farm/animal area is nice as is the craft areas with living historians/craftsmen and provides good lessons about plantation life.

Visited July 2012
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“Better things to see in Charleston”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Took my family to Middleton Place in Charleston SC to see an old historic plantation. Went to this one since we had been to Boone Hall already and because this one seemed to be rated well. We bought the garden, horse carriage and house package tour...about $50 a person and were unimpressed. First, although I realize it is fall the garden tour is thru an area of bushes and trees. I guess since we are used to visting Brookegreene gardens we are spoiled. The garden views of the Ashley river were nice but that was about it. The horse tour the guide spent more time talking about the horses and the animals in the petting zoo then the actual history. If you are looking for something educational for the kids then save your money. The horse tour is also a rip off because you circle the parking lot and then follow the fence to the main house. If they didn't stop every couple mins to talk about the animals you would be done with this tour in about 5 mins. The horse tours should be avoided at all costs. The house tour is fine but you need to realize the original house was burned by the Union army at the end of the civil war. The house you tour is the old refurbished guest house and it isn't very large. So the house visit was fine.

Visited November 2012
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Warren C, Public Relations Manager at Middleton Place, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
Thank you for your comments. We are sorry your Middleton Place experience didn't meet your expectations. Please allow me to respond to a few of your points. First, the Garden Tour winds through hundreds of camellia plants and azaleas, some of which are well over 100 years old, which bloom in January and March, respectively. That being said, there is plenty of colorful flora in the gardens year-round, including the Camellia sasanqua, which has been blooming for several weeks now. Second, there is no petting zoo at Middleton Place. All of our animals are heritage breeds that at one time or another were present at Middleton Place in the 18th and 19th centuries, and they are here for educational purposes. Carriage tours are a great way to see Middleton Place, and reflect the way the Middletons would have shown their property to guests in the 18th and 19th centuries. It is true the House Museum is not the original Main House nor is it meant to represent the Main House. The House Museum, which was lived in by descendants of the Middleton Family until the mid-20th century, now houses the Middleton Place Foundation's collection of objects and furniture that once belonged to the Middleton Family, including many items that belonged to Arthur Middleton, Signer of the Declaration of Independence.
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“Step Back in Time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

If you want a view of life before the advent of modern technology and a slice of history, pay a visit to Middleton Place. You will not be dissapointed.

Visited November 2012
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“Go Back In Time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Wonderful views of the Ashley River and the marsh. Plan to stay most of the day and plan to do a lot of strolling. Don't miss the gardens even in the off season. Stay at the Inn at Middleton Place and admission to the house and all is included in your stay. You also are able to walk over in the morning and late afternoon when it's closed and have all that beautiful setting to yourself. Bring your camera because you'll see lots of wildlife and farm animals!

Visited November 2012
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Warren C, Public Relations Manager at Middleton Place, responded to this review, November 5, 2012
Thank you so much for your review. Free admission to Middleton Place with a stay at the Inn at Middleton Place is one of the best-kept secrets in Charleston. For two people, that adds up to a value of $79!
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