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“Gorgeous Gardens!”
Review of Middleton Place

Middleton Place
Ranked #8 of 244 things to do in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed February 28, 2013

My husband and I, visiting from New Orleans, got to do some exploring through Middleton Place. Even though not everything was in bloom, it was still very beautiful and peaceful. We enjoyed everything from learning about the rice fields to the roaming animals. Definitely recommend!

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Reviewed February 24, 2013

Middleton was the last stop (other than dining) on our extended weekend to the area. Of the numerous plantations in the greater Charleston area, we picked Middleton because it was relatively close to the peninsula and because it was a Sunday and it stayed open to 5pm (it has one of the longer Sunday biz hours). It doesn't have as large a residential structure 9 tour (see history), but it made up for such with it's beautiful grounds, gardens, and farming operations. Be prepared to walk a lot throughout this plantation. The tour of the remaining residential structure was enlightening; it's fascinating how many of the colonials were related to each other whether via blood or marriage. We wound up only spending about 2-2.5 hours there, but if you're wanting to spend more time exploring the farming ops and/or walking the numerous trails, I'd suggest planning for 3-5 hours.

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Warren C, Public Relations Manager at Middleton Place, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2013

This review makes several good points, and it sounds like the reviewer was pleased with their Middleton Place experience. We wonder what else we could have done to get those other two dots on the rating. Feel free to comment on our web or Facebook page. We're always looking for ways to improve. Thanks.

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Reviewed February 20, 2013

My son and I drove the thirty minutes from Charleston to see this plantation. It was great. The best part of it was the helpful blacksmith, the carpenter/cooper, the potter, and other guides that bring the property to life. We really enjoyed the tour guide that did the African history tour - I believe Grace was her name. We used our Heritage Passport for this sight. Some of the tours are extra - House - $12, Carriage Ride - $18, African tour - $5 (was complimentary because of Black History Month). It would be nice if these things were included or the charge was less. Otherwise it becomes too costly.

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Reviewed February 14, 2013

The staff and volunteers tell the Middleton story carefully and make it interesting. It is obvious they love the place and its beauty and tranquility. They honor the history and the lives of the people who worked here. Eliza’s house makes clear that the people who lived out their lives enslaved on this property are now valued, remembered and honored for their building and work to make this home place. Is the ticket worth the money? I say yes.
Our interpreter on the carriage ride was trained in archaeology, giving details about the organization of the plantation. The tour guide at the house made the point that the building itself is not important historically. It is a remnant from the war, rebuilt to be occupied by the family. But the contents are the family heirlooms of a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, whose descendent signed the Articles of Secession. A pass signed by Abraham Lincoln is a highlight of the tour.
The gardens were the main reason we went to Middleton, and they did not disappoint! They are beautifully maintained, almost a history of design over three centuries. In early February, we saw Camellias blooming with opening daffodils and snow drops. There is color for every month and Spanish moss and the Live Oaks are magnificent.
This is not Disneyland, the interpreters give you a real picture of life in this place over three hundred years and do it with knowledge and a love of the place. They make sure you know the animals of the stables are the breeds of the period. And the craftsmen are doing the trades done by slaves. I was very impressed and I think they deserve cheers for the an excellent job. PS. Not a weed, not a piece of litter, the maintenance is awesome!

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Warren C, Public Relations Manager at Middleton Place, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2013

Thank you so much for this review, it really zeros in on what happens at Middleton Place everyday. Visitors get an accurate depiction of life on a Low Country plantation, the contributions of African and African American slaves, and the wealth and political power of four generations of the Middleton clan. Your comments will be passed on to interpretive and groundskeeping staff. They will very much appreciate them.

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Reviewed February 10, 2013

My husband, mother, brother,sister in law and I spent a lovely spring afternoon at Middleton. We were very lucky to have only 6 people on our house tour, and our docent was very knowledgeable and friendly. She explained everything and gave us plenty of time for questions. She would shine her flashlight on things we wanted to see more clearly, and once she learned what things interested us she focused on them. She made our tour very enjoyable.
After the tour we walked all over the grounds enjoying the beautiful day and the wildlife. We even got to see an alligator who was luckily fast asleep in the sun. The camellia garden is not to be missed. We stopped at the gift shops before we left, and I bought a camellia plant that I hope will be happy up north!
Middleton Place was the highlight of our month in Surfside Beach.

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