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“seems strange to call a cemetery an attraction.”
Review of Magnolia Cemetery

Magnolia Cemetery
Ranked #26 of 243 things to do in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed December 2, 2013

It does seem strange to call a cemetery an attraction but this is like a history lesson with the old tombstones and the old names you've read about in history books and novels. The Hunley crew were buried here. While we rode around we saw photographers (some with very big,expensive equipment), walkers, and families playing. Not the best neighborhood, but we felt perfectly safe here.

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Reviewed December 1, 2013

Went to the Hunley museum in October, was not able to make it to Magnolia Cemetery, the final resting place for the 3 crews who died in the submarine. I had this on the top of my list for the Thanksgiving weekend visit to Charleston. Had been advised by our tour guide at the Hunley museum that it was a "must see." She was correct. The cemetery is full of history. Civil War markers in row upon row; first initials, last name and rank. There were obelisks, pyramids, even a baby cradle in another area. My main objective was to find the Hunley burial section and thankfully, there are signs to point you in the right direction. The cemetery is huge so you can drive through, but sometimes you need to get out and walk around.

1  Thank GroovyMom77
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Reviewed December 1, 2013 via mobile

This place was amazing but to only be told not a block away was crack town! Then there was a man trying to stop us and asked for money! There is beauty there but just be careful with the location!

3  Thank Snubbie
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Reviewed November 30, 2013

After reading so many excellent reviews of Magnolia Cemetery, my wife and I had this on our "must see" list during our recent visit to Charleston. We visited on Thanksgiving Day, which was a great time to visit the cemetery since most other attractions were closed.

The setting is so beautiful. We drove a bit, but spent most of our time exploring the remarkable grounds on foot. There are some of the most unique tombstones and monuments we have ever seen. The ornate wrought iron fences and gates surrounding some of the burial grounds were in harmony with the wonderful wrought iron decor that is prominent throughout Charleston. We kept remarking how we would have loved to have been able to take a guided tour of the cemetery. We will definitely explore that option the next time we visit Charleston.

Another "bonus" at Magnolia Cemetery is the wide variety of waterfowl in and around the pond and the marshes. We took some excellent photos. When visiting, be sure to bring a camera and binoculars.

Magnolia Cemetery should be on your "top ten" list of things to see in Charleston.

1  Thank Travelwhyser
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

The Magnolia Cemetery is one of the most beautiful places in Charleston. The monuments are phenomenal, the lase, the ducks, the bridges, the landscaping, the vista, all incredible. Perpetual care was raised o another level here. A trip to Charleston is incomplete with a stop at Magnolia. There is so much history to see!

1  Thank Trudymarylouise
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