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“outstanding place.. and great trail ride too!”
Review of Middleton Place

Middleton Place
Ranked #19 of 192 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 July 23, 2013

We came to Middleton intiailly for the trail ride as the friend i was visiting had never ridden before. So first about the equestrian center...There was only a mother and daughter that joined us so it was a small group. The ride was comfortable.. the scenery beautiful and horses were easy to ride. My friend had a great first ride. Our guide pointed out the wildlife along the way.. we saw a baby alligator! I've ridden in many places and am glad to add Charleston to my list. We decided after to tour Middleton Place after (seperate admission price from the trail ride). It was a short drive up the road and as hot as it was, it was an enjoyable walk. Be prepared to walk. This place is expansive. A photographer's dream this place is... We had a delicious lunch at the restaurant that served as a nice break to both the heat and the walking. One of favorite parts of the day was walking upon a flock of sheep grazing and then seeing the animals out in the open. The different color dragonflies here were really cool.... Great plantation to visit....

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

I appreciate the work of all who have preserved these historically significant grounds. We visited Middleton on July 9th. Admission was included in the Heritage Passport. As we came from outside the US, we needed to hire a taxi for the 30 minute ride to the plantation. We arrived early and visited the garden shop and the reflection pool before the garden tour started. (It would be good to have the shop items marked as imported or local and I’d like to see postcards or other packable items for sale.) The ‘garden tour’ was informative, more of a general history tour and our volunteer guide kept us in shady spots. We walked through the garden area on own and then attached ourselves to a very large group (50+) for the Beyond the Fields tour. More of the same history followed and we had another round of rice planting information. The tour was overlong and as we approached the chapel, some people left to take the ‘Stableyard’ (?) tour while one person did tell the guide that another tour was starting soon. The chapel became the scene of what can best be described as a bizarre tirade of what was perhaps meant to be guilt-inducing consciousness-raising from the guide. I was the 3rd or 4th person in this captive audience to be singled out by the guide to give an example of slave owner abuse of their slaves. Briefly, this is what was said to me: “You were dressing to have a social visit at a neighboring plantation. You walked into a hall and saw a female slave drop some dirt they had swept up. You went into a rage and beat (repeated with gestures) her with the riding crop, blinding her in the eye and causing her to lose her hearing. “ As the guide moved on to another person and example, we left the chapel as had several others before us. Was this part of a script? I think not, as the guide had been more of a ‘professorial expert’ up to that time. If the purpose of this man’s tirade was to cause upset, he accomplished his purpose. We did not leave with feelings of guilt but with deep concern for this man. Surely there were other ways to be informative about the abuse of slaves. There was no way we could eat a meal in the dining room after that and we couldn’t find the next tour. We briefly listened to a carpenter describe the construction of the wooden ‘water dam’, enjoyed watching the 2 cats in residence and the peacock and decided to leave. We’d been walking from 9 to past 1 with a break to sit in the garden area, and had taken the garden tour and the beyond the fields tour. The ticket gate worker called for our taxi and we returned to Charleston.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

The young history interpreter, Sean, made our day. We spent a day and a half touring the gardens, buildings and house museum and were delighted even though it rained thanks to Sean and his knowledge and talents (ask him to play is piccalo and penny whistle). The restaurant food and service was very good. We'll return when more plants are in bloom. (Apr/May)

Thank Steve D
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Warren C, Public Relations Manager at Middleton Place, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2013

Thank you for your review. It is this kind of personal interaction between guests and interpreters that Middleton Place thrives upon. FYI: camellias bloom Dec.-March, azaleas March-May. Consult our bloom list online for the annual flowerings.

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

We visited The Middleton Place Plantation with our family (7 grown-ups and a 4 1/2 year old granddaughter) and enjoyed it very much!. Our tour guide of the remaining original Middleton House was very knowledgeable. There was authentic period furniture, lots of historical items.
For small children, there are many animals on the grounds including free roaming sheep, peacocks, guinea fowls,

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

Glad our tickets came with our stay at the Inn. My elderly mother on her walker managed about a third of the grounds before we gave up. They do not have any electric wheelchairs or ways for a person unable to walk easily to get around the grounds and much of the site was too far for her to walk. She was also not allowed in the museum - and the docent did not speak to her when we started to enter - said "she can't come in with that walker" to me as though it was my mother's ears or mind that were impaired and not her legs. That was really offensive.
There was not way to access the working parts of the museum without walking at least another quarter mile - there is a driveway to the restaurant that even handicapped guests are not allowed to use during museum hours, making it out of reach. They have horse drawn carriages, but one must climb up into them - again not accessible - and do not have motorized wheelchairs or even a golf cart to take a handicapped person to the more distant parts. Had a motorized wheelchair been available to rent, we certainly would have.
Middleton Place needs to consider our aging population a little more.

1  Thank Valeria P
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Warren C, Public Relations Manager at Middleton Place, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2013

Thank you for your review. Middleton Place is all about history preserved to the colonial and Antebellum period. You will not find elevators, scooters, or paved paths in the Gardens. We offer complimentary non-motorized wheelchairs for public use, and maps with suggested tours designed for wheelchairs, which can be obtained at the Visitors Center. Management has reviewed the situation this guest encountered at the House Museum. Walkers are indeed allowed inside the House Museum. In this case, the volunteer on duty went to consult a staff member on the matter, and when they returned, the guest had left. The National Historic Landmark covers more than 110 acres, and we ensure visitors are able to see as much of that as possible. A complimentary electric cart may be requested at the Visitors Center for transportation to the restaurant and Plantation Stableyards.

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