Boone Hall Plantation, Charleston
Founded in 1681 by Major John Boone, this plantation has been continuously occupied since. Starting with 200 acres it grew to a few thousand and has seen every crop including cotton and Pecans grown on the grounds.
boone hall plantation is an excellent place to see plantation life prior to the civil war. the plantation was founded by major john boone in the 1700's. the original wooden plantation house was built in 1790 but was replaced in the early 20th century by thomas stone. of interest are nine original slave houses that date back to 1790 to 1810. today the plantation has beautiful gardens and is best known for it's one mile entry road that is lined with ancient oak trees. boone hall is listed on the national register of historic places. boone hall plantation claims to be "the most photographed plantation" in america.
Again, we enjoyed the Boone Hall experience, also, the Jack's Cosmic Dogs was a must, this is where Alton Brown did one of his stops on his show Good Eats or his biking show...can't remember name of it, but the hot dogs were different and great!!! Also, POE's is a great little place to get lunch, good sandwiches, burgers and cute restaurant, very crowded most of the time!
Boonehall is nice if you want to see a plantation that is true to it's roots. There's no flash here...there's the stunning avenue of oak trees that leads to the main house...the gardens...slave houses, etc. The coolest part is they have a butterfly garden and different programs. You can learn about slave cooking and food and a Christmas candlelight tour. This isn't my favorite plantation, but worth it for sure if you love history and gardens. Flowers bloom from end of march to sometime in may.
Boone Hall is one of several plantations easily visited as a day trip from the city. It was built in the latter 18th Century during the period when Tobacco was the main crop cultivated. Cotton did not come into the picture until the first half of the 19th Century.
The rooms which are shown by costumed guides are decorated in period furnishings, many of which are original. In addition to the mansion, are the brick slave cabins on the grounds. Here, the slaves of the plantation lived when not working in the fields.