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“Beautiful grounds”
Review of Middleton Place

Middleton Place
Ranked #6 of 240 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.
charleston
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“Beautiful grounds”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

Take your camera, lots to see. A lot of history in Charleston and this was one of the pretty places you don't want to miss. Spring is the best time to go.

Visited April 2013
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“Middleton rainy day”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

I have to preface this to say it was a very rainy day when we visited Middleton Gardens. The grounds are very beautiful and the history is everywhere. The rain made for a bit of a messy day with some of the paths turned muddy but that's the luck of the draw. The people working the grounds were very friendly and informative. We spent 3-4 hours walking around. If it had been a nice day it would have been an amazing place. Besides the gardens and buildings you will see peacocks, water buffalo, Belgian horses, ducks, geese, swans, and more than a few gators in the ponds.

Visited May 2013
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Warren C, Public Relations Manager at Middleton Place, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
It sounds like your experience was pretty amazing despite the rain. Thanks for your review.
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Aliso Viejo, California
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“Great Plantation tour & restaurant”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

We did the slave trade tour and the house museum tour, as well as the wine Wednesday & dinner at the restaurant. Great all around.

Visited May 2013
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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“Overpriced and Fussy. Suggest Magnolia Plantation Instead.”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

I think the general admission to this place was in the neighborhood of $30, which seemed exhorbitant. The grounds were nicely kept and beautiful but not worth the price of admission. Even the gift shop and garden shop were pricey - $2.50 for a drink?
To my mind, Magnolia Plantation was just as lovely, it just wasn't as manicured as Middleton Place. Also, the admission was almost half the price.

Visited May 2013
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Boston, MA
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“There has to be a better Plantation Experience!”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

The best part about Middleton Place was the aerial photo you see in guide books, tourist hand outs and city guides. We expected to get a good feel for at least one of the following:

1. Plantation Life.
2. Majestic Gardens.
3. History of the family.

The problem is that there are no real gardens, just manicured hedges and green space. The main houses have obviously burned down years ago, but they have done nothing to explain or recreate the plantation experience. The older tour guide of the "home" was whisper quiet, rushed and uninformative. They do find a way to squeeze around $50 out of you for all of these experiences. Find another plantation experience or use your time in the Charleston area more wisely.

(Important to note that we had a perfect weather day and travelled with adults who love both nature and history, so these factors did not skew my review).

Visited May 2013
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Warren C, Public Relations Manager at Middleton Place, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
Thanks for your review. However, it's a little difficult to believe. Looking for Plantation Life? Visit the Plantation Stableyards and learn about skilled plantation craftspeople from costumed interpreters, or go on the complimentary Beyond the Field African American focus tour, or visit the demonstration rice field. Looking for Majestic Gardens? Stroll through the pleached camellia allees, or the hand-carved terraces, or the Rose, Octagonal, or Secret gardens. Looking for the history of the family? The Four Generations of Middleton men from 1741 to 1865 are described alongside their portraits in the House Museum, as well as in the complimentary Garden tours. Need more information? All you need to do is ask one of the 30 or so staff and volunteers on site daily. Middleton Place provides a fascinating look into the lives of the plantation owners and slaves who built Charleston, South Carolina, and the United States. It's unfortunate some visitors choose not to take advantage of all that is offered.
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