Lately, I’ve been thinking about all of the places I’ve been in the last couple of years including Costa Rica, New York, Dubai, London, and my favorite, Charleston, SC. I went to Charleston during my senior year of high school. It was over prom time and I decided to skip prom and go on a trip since I went to prom twice already. It was a very spontaneous trip and planned only a a week before!
The trip to Charleston was amazing. We spent a lot of time at historical places and also exploring SC. We visited Middleton Place, Boone Hall Plantation, Morris Island Lighthouse, and more.
On our last day, we visited Middleton Place. This was my favorite day. The forecast for that day was supposed to be storming and theoretically, a stay inside day. However, when we got up it wasn’t storming yet so we drove over to Middleton Place without really knowing what is was all about. It was cloudy, but it was still a beautiful day. In fact, because it was supposed to be storming, the plantation was extremely quiet and that allowed us to take our time with each site and to indulge ourselves into the views. While we were there, we went on a horse carriage ride that was similar to a ‘hop on hop off bus’. We were given the basics about the history of the plantation and the gardens.
Middleton Place is right next to the Ashley River so when looking past the main house, you get a beautiful view of the river and some of the garden.
The Middle Place Gardens are well-kept with a full-time staff and it is shown. Every turn you take, you are brought into a new area of the garden that is bordered by tall bushes or trees.
We spent hours exploring the gardens and the plantation. If you ever visit Charleston, definitely visit the Middleton Place!
The next spotlight location in Charleston that I want to mention is Boone Hall Plantation. This is an incredible plantation rich with history. At this plantation, I actually ran into Kiel James Patrick (owner of KJP) and Sarah Vickers (blogger of Classy Girls Wear Pearls and co-owner of KJP)
(photo by tipspoke)
This plantation was purchased by the McRae family in 1955 and today, they still own it and are consistently sharing the history of the plantation. In the past, the Boone Hall Plantation was known for the pecans and cotton and today it still has active farm sites for strawberries, tomatoes, pumpkins, and more depending on the season. While I was there, you were able to pick the strawberries yourself!
Not only is the plantation still have active farm sites, but they have nine original slave cabins. Each cabin is filled with a different part of history and lifestyle of the slaves. One cabin had a worker showing how the slaves made baskets and another (photographed below) showed what the living quarters would look like.
The plantation also had a Gullah Theater. This is where two Gullah’s reenacted songs and chants that were sung during the hard work times of the slaves such as picking cotton. These songs depicted messages that the owners could not understand but the slaves understood.
Lastly, we made a quick visit to Morris Island Lighthouse on our last day. To get there, you need to walk a mile on a beach from the closest road. It’s completely worth it though! The view is amazing and if you get there at the right time of the day, the ocean will have receded enough for you to get up close to the lighthouse.
Those are my three main highlights of my trip to Charleston in 2015. I highly urge you to visit Charleston at some point in your life…I’m actually hoping I can make it back really soon! The couple of days I was there were definitely not enough and I could spend another week there!
Now it’s time to figure out where I will be travelling to next!