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“Plan on spending the day....and bring a camera”
Review of Middleton Place

Middleton Place
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Middleton Place & Edmondston-Alston House Combo...
Ranked #18 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 September 2, 2013

We thought we would be able to include another activity when we planned our visit, we did not. If you take in all Middleton Plantation has to offer, you will need a good 4 hours. Our garden guide was charming and knowledgable of he subject. She was also clearly a gardener herself and he enthusiasm was infectious.

Beyond the Fields discussed the lives of the enslaved Africans who toiled in these fields, but I think it was too sanitized and as such was not as respectful of the horrors those men, women and children endured as it could have been.

The last tour of the day was the house tour. It was blithering hot during our visit so time the air conditioned house tour accordingly. The tour is informative and the restoration is well done. History abounds and lives in this house.

As an aside, keep the restaurant in mind for a light lunch. It too is air conditioned and offers relief from the heat. The food is quite good and well priced and well proportioned for a day of a lot of walking in high temperatures. We each had a salad. Both were freshly prepared. You can add some roasted hen or fish if you need an extra boost.

We finished our day with a walk along the water and through the gardens. Lots of critters to see in their natural habitat.

Hope you enjoy your day as much as we did ours.

Thank Flipper357
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Warren C, Public Relations Manager at Middleton Place, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2013

Thank you for your review. One of Middleton Place's greatest strengths is the knowledgeable, friendly and dedicated stable of volunteers who give tours such as the complimentary garden overview tour and complimentary Beyond the Fields tour, which attempts to paint a portrait of slavery in South Carolina that is objective and grounded in fact.

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Reviewed September 2, 2013

I wish I could have seen the Middleton Place at it's prime. This is a work of art now but if you could see people of the era's dress roaming the grounds it would be picturesque.

Thank Doug H
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Middleton vs Magnolia it was a toss up and Middleton won! Found out later by default that I made the best choice. The gardens and house were amazing. I could have spent more time there but had lunch reservations in the city. Go early if it is hot you will avoid the crowds and heat.

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Reviewed August 31, 2013

If you like visiting plantations or city gardens, this is a stop you must make. I am not kidding when I say every ten feet is a new, incredible photo opportunity whether of the nature itself or of your kids, each other, etc.

We went with the entire family and it was costly. Plus, the toddlers and little guys get tired and you will end up having to carry them around. I was disappointed to find only stairs in many sections of the property. We had to unload the kids and stuff each time we hit stairs and carry it all up or down. This took away from the visit. Plus, I thought the price was a bit steep ($28. for 14 and up).

Still, I cannot say enough about the beauty. It was truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited.

Thank Buzliteyear
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Warren C, Public Relations Manager at Middleton Place, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2013

We very much appreciate your review. Yes, Middleton Place was designed in 1741 to be enjoyed on foot. However, we are currently working hard on the pathways to improve stroller and wheelchair access. Glad you took advantage of the photogenic nature of the plantation.

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Reviewed August 30, 2013

We wanted to tour a SC plantation and this one was highly rated by the hotel. We were not disappointed. We spent 3-4 hours there and loved it. We learned so much about the region's past, including slavery. Well worth it.

Thank RexT
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