While the idea of visiting a plantation seems kind of odd, it is a very popular destination in Charleston. There are many historic plantations around the area but a friend suggested Boone, so we went.
Here is the information from wikipedia.
The plantation includes a large Colonial Revival plantation house (1933–35) that replaces the lost original house on the site, a number of slave cabins (which were occupied by sharecroppers well into the 20th century), several flower gardens, and the historic “Avenue of Oaks”: a nearly one-mile (1.6 km) drive up to the house with live oaks on either side, originally planted in 1743. Boone Hall plantation sits on Wampacheeoone Creek in Christ Church Parish about 10 miles (16 km) from historic downtown Charleston.”
Entering the grounds had lovely rows of live oaks that crossed the drive in, they were planted 200 years ago and now cross over the road. The plantation house is rebuilt but the central focus of drive in. On the right is a small parking area with about 5 rows of cotton growing. A large building that was once the cotton gin stands being supported by external wood beams because apparently it is about to fall down.
We took a tram tour of the grounds where they give you a brief history of the grounds, they mainly focus on todays use of the land and what is grown yearly. The grounds host the scottish festival and a mud run, as well as haunted forest, pumpkin picking and many other things.
There are about 5-6 slave/sharecropper shacks, you can enter them and push a button to get historical information on the buildings. There is an excellent presentation on slavery, history, emancipation, and the general living conditions of the slaves and sharecroppers.
The main house has a tour, it is very beautiful with lots of antiques and a nice presentation by the tour guide, we didn’t get to see the entire thing because we had a very fidgety Clemmy with us, but what we saw was nice. You can only tour the downstairs as the upstairs is a private residence that is still in use now and again by the current owners.
There is a small cafe with sandwiches and drinks, we had a very dry ham and cheese and a stale RC Cola. Yuck!
Overall a fun time, worth the visit.