Walking up to 1.5 miles at both plantations over dirt paths and uneven terrain. Middleton covers a large area that takes approximately 2 hours to walk and standing for lecture. Magnolia involves walking up approximately 15 steps to the home. The house itself is not accessible. Getting on/off a tram for a 4 mile ride around the plantation. Garden walk is optional. Driving about 17 miles, approximately 1/2 an hour.
At the hotel.
Our local expert will provide commentary en route to and at the plantations. Middleton Place, a National Historic Landmark situated on the Ashley River, is a carefully preserved 18th-century plantation that has survived revolution, Civil War, and an earthquake. During our field trip, we'll learn that it was the home of four important generations of Middletons beginning with Henry Middleton, President of the First Continental Congress; Arthur, a signer of the Declaration of Independence; Henry, Governor of South Carolina and an American Minister to Russia; and William, a signer of the Ordinance of Secession. Together with our local historian, we'll explore the gardens, the plantation stableyards, domestic life at Eliza’s House, labor at the Rice Mill, and the Spring House.
At Middleton Place Plantation, we’ll enjoy a delicious buffet featuring Lowcountry cuisine.
After lunch, we'll ride to Magnolia Plantation. Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, it has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public site open to visitors in the Lowcountry with the oldest public gardens in America. As part of the Magnolia Plantation field trip, we'll not only see the home and surrounding gardens but we'll visit the Magnolia Cabin Project called “From Slavery to Freedom”. With an expert, we'll hear about the issues and challenges that enslaved people faced on a working plantation. Afterward, time is given to allow everyone the opportunity to explore each cabin to appreciate the lengthy period in which the buildings were actively occupied - from the 1850s to the late 1990s, focusing on the tumultuous times continuously challenging African-American families from slavery, the Jim Crow/segregation era and through the modern Civil Rights period. In the gardens, we'll view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants. From the expert staff at Magnolia, we’ll learn about the plantations rich history inside the home. We'll experience the beauty of the house and gardens on a nature tram ride around the property with commentary.
At leisure. You might like to take a stroll along the historic streets, enjoy cocktails on the patio, or simply relax.