My husband and I are vacationing in the Charleston area, and I really wanted to make a visit to a plantation. I had narrowed it down to Boone Hall and two others, and I am glad that I chose this one.
The grounds were absolutely beautiful - I probably took at least a couple dozen pictures. This place was also used for scenes from The Notebook, which is one of my favorite movies, and that may have swayed my decision a bit in choosing this place.
There is a line of original slave houses (Slave Street) and inside each one is a bit of information about slavery life. I found it very interesting, and since I wanted to read everything, it took me about 30/40 minutes to get thru all of the cabins.
They also offer tours of the mansion, which wasn’t all that I had expected (that’s the reason why I gave a 4 star review instead of 5) You are not allowed to see the bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs, but only the library, dining room and ‘man cave’ on the first floor, which was disappointing.
A couple of other very enjoyable things at Boone Hall are the presentation by a Gullah woman (I don’t remember her name, but her stories and the songs that she sang were great) and you can also take a wagon tour of the plantation, to ensure that you get to see all of the grounds.
I would most definitely recommend visiting Boone Hall. Just allot yourself a good couple of hours if you want to experience everything they have to offer, and bring a bottle of water with you!
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