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Boone Hall Plantation

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Kim and I had one more plantation stop on our Charleston docket...Boone Hall Plantation.

Driving through the Avenue of Oaks just beyond the entrance to the plantation was worth the admission price for me. This lane has made appearances in many movies, including Gone with the Wind.

 


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After the breath-taking entrance, the next best part about Boone Hall were the gardens. They were amazing!

 

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The house itself, while definitely beautiful and classic in design and impressive in size, is not yet 100 years old. It was built to replace the more modest old plantation home, and until just a few years ago was still occupied by the family. We did a walk-through tour of the bottom level and, although it is lovely, nothing all that spectacular and honestly a little disappointing. I was hoping for a period home filled with antiques, but there aren't many of those left due to the destruction that occurred during the Civil War.

As you can imagine, the plantation is a popular wedding setting, and when we were there on a Saturday morning they were preparing for a wedding that evening.

 

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This is the back patio area of the house...

 

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But the gardens were "WOW!" 


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I do love the old brick walkways through the gardens...

 

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Cotton was the big cash crop of the area plantations. Boone Hall is still a working plantation, although growing much more diverse crops these days. But there is still a good-sized cotton field.


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This is a young blue heron...still has baby hair on its head and back. He was pretty awkward trying to fly!

 


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Lots of white ibises....

 


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Cute little heron...couldn't decide if he was just resting his leg or if he only had one!

 

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Row of former slave homes...

 


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Hands down, the long live-oak-lined lane was my favorite feature. I can just imagine the jingling horse-pulled carriages driving up this lane 200 years ago, headed back from a fancy high society ball in downtown Charleston, carrying tired but giggly Southern belles dressed in their hoop skirts who couldn't wait to get those tight corsets off and breathe again, arriving home...

...to Boone Hall Plantation.

 

Comments

Emily

This was the plantation Zach and I went to when we went down there and thought the same thing...loved the drive!

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