Now, when given the opportunity to explore something gorgeous and historical, I am totally game. So, when we decided to visit the south for Labor Day Weekend, we realized there were oh so many options and opportunities. We never did make it into one of the Charleston house tours, but set our sights on a plantation tour.
We tried our best to go with the flow on this trip and only plan out a few things we wanted to see. I was trying to balance the types of trips where it’s go-go-go and then the trips or beach days where all you do is lounge. I don’t really know how to “do nothing” but know my travel companions aren’t always about the “go-go-go.” Healthy medium, right? So, while we didn’t really plan out our restaurant reservations, we did find Boone Hall Plantation as one of the top plantations in Charleston, thus it became an absolute must see item on our trip!
These picturesque oaks are years and years old. In fact, they were planted back in 1743 by the son of Major John Boone. When you see these trees lining the driveway, you know you are deep in the south and for some, right out of a Nicholas Sparks’ novel.
We had just finished off brunch at the Hominy Grill, delicious review to come soon, and scheduled an Uber to pick us right up from the restaurant. The plantation is a quick 20 or so minute drive away and we were able to see some of the local sights on our trip over.
We had fun exploring around the garden prior to our schedule tour. There really is no need to purchase tickets ahead of time and as a matter of fact, your $20 entrance fee pays for the tour! Do note that the plantation entrance is a solid 1/2 mile from the Visitor’s Center, house, and parking. We didn’t realize that but did have the opportunity to walk under the gorgeous oak trees. See what we did? Found the silver linings 🙂
The house that stands there today was built in 1936 and guides will take you through the first floor of rooms and share the evolution of owners since 1681. One of the current owners lives out in California (hey hey west coast!) but enjoys spending time at home every once in awhile. When she travels back, she stays right there in the plantation home, occupying the second floor, thus tours are a no-go. We weren’t allowed to take any photos inside the plantation mansion, but I couldn’t help myself with this gorgeous patterned brick floor.
Post-plantation tour, we headed out to the gift store and listened to there was a talk or rather entertaining presentation of the “Gullah Culture” – or culture adapted by the African slaves. Definitely insightful and worth the extra half hour!
Boone Hall Plantation
1235 Long Point Road, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
Sun: 12pm-5pmSept. 8, 2015 – Jan. 1, 2016
So, I was supposed to write up a recap of my actual historical trip to Fort Sumter as well buuuuuut seeing as I dropped my computer last week and the screen went black and I didn’t upload the pictures to the web and now it’s in the Grand Central Apple Store, that won’t be happening. But, for what it’s worth, it was neat to see the place where the Civil War started and I did enjoy the boat ride and Fort tour. I certainly brought the average age down by a lot, seeing as I was touring among 100+ folks, all aged around 60+. Oh, and I saw two college students on a date there. Odd choice but when in the south I guess?
“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu