We visit Boone Hall - an old plantation

Trip Start Apr 18, 2007
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Trip End Oct 16, 2007


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Thursday, September 27, 2007

We went to Boone Hall today - and old plantation that grew rice to begin with but ended up specialising in bricks and indigo.

Wiki:


The Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens is a antebellum cotton plantation located in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina near Charleston, South Carolina and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The plantation includes a large post-civil war farmhouse, a number of original slave cabins (which were occupied by sharecroppers well into the 20th century), several flowering gardens, and the historic "Avenue of Oaks": a mile drive up the house with live oaks on either side. It sits on Horlbeck Creek in the Christ Church parish about 10 miles from historic downtown Charleston.

The earliest know existence of the ground is 1681. It originated from a land grant given to Major John Boone. The original wooden house was constructed in 1790. The house that stands now was built by Thomas Stone, a Canadian who purchased the land in the early 20th century. He wanted a "grander style" home than what was there, so he built the Georgian mansion-style house that stands there today. However, the bricks in the house were taken from the Horlbeck brickyard.

On the grounds today, besides the house, sit nine of the original slave cabins, a smoke house dating back to 1790, the Cotton Gin house (1853) and the grand Avenue of Oaks that was created in 1843 and runs 3/4 of a mile long from the entrance to the front house gates.

The driveway with the oaks covered in Spanish moss is excellent and the Georgian style house is good albeit it was built in 1930s. We had three excellent presentations and would recommend the tour.

We also visited the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site: The last protected remnant of Snee Farm, the country estate of Charles Pinckney (1754-1824). Pinckney was a statesman, revolutionary war officer, and a principal framer of the US Constitution. The site includes archeological discoveries, an 1820s tidewater cottage, and interpretations of African-American life and contributions during the colonial era.


Evening meal was in an excellent Irish bar in town.
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