Arrived at end of day, nobody there and walked around the grounds...really felt like stepping back in time. We had missed the 2:00 tour but the Ranger on staff was more than delighted to give us a personal tour inside the house ($7ea). He did a great job filling us in on the history of the house including the construction techniques that have allowed the building to survive earthquakes and hurricanes. Noted that some of the window panes date back to 1700s and early 1800s...he explained how to tell the difference. The grand oak, saved by George Washington was very impressive as well as the listing of slaves and their value.
He was raised in the area and had a lot of passion for the place and was able to fill us in on local nature elements as well, chiggers, ticks, mosquitoes, snakes, etc.. He catches venomous snakes and wrestles alligators...letting both go, just a sport. We live in the Seattle area and toured a number of Antebellum Plantations, some fancier, but the Ranger made this a trip a highlight.
Mosquitoes and chiggers were present but not too bad...just put fingernail polish on the bites, so not a big deal.