Boone Hall Plantation

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1235 Long Point Rd, Mount Pleasant, SC, USA

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Cho Cho
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A must see stop for American history buffs Aug 26, 2015
The Boone Hall Plantation is located in a wooded area in the town of Mount Pleasant which is about 8 miles from downtown Charleston. We crossed the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge over the Cooper River which connects Charleston to Mount Pleasant, and it took us less than half an hour to arrive at the plantation.

At the entrance we paid $18.00 each which was the rate for senior citizens. The normal fee is $20.00 for adults which includes all the tours and exhibits. We drove through a beautiful oak tree-lined avenue reputed to be one of the longest in the world. There was ample parking space, and we had arrived at the right time to take the Plantation House Tour which was a 30 minute guided tour by a lady in period dress. There must have been about 35 to 45 people present, and she took us through the elaborate mansion, room by room and explained to us the history of the plantation and its evolution through several owners since the 17th century.

Next, we went to see the "Black History in America" exhibit on display in a number (I think there were 8 in total) of original slave cabins. These cabins are all situated on an appropriately named Slave Street, and we could have a look at the living quarters, historic relics, and lifestyle of the slaves that lived here at this plantation when slavery was still the norm 300 plus years ago.

We also watched a live presentation of the Gullah culture by a direct descendant of a slave. The Gullah are a distinctive group of Black Americans who live in South Carolina and Georgia. It was an entertaining and educational performance in which the woman told the history of the Gullah people and also sang a couple of "slave" songs to dramatize her talk.

After the Gullah show we took an open air coach tour across the entire plantation. We were lucky to get the last bus as it was starting to get dark. The driver-cum-guide gave a running commentary with stories and information about the different aspects of Boone Hall's history. We could see that it was a very big plantation as the motorized tour took around 35 minutes.

We ended the day with a short walk among the various plants and flowers in the pretty garden situated on the front lawn of the mansion.

Our visit to the Boone Hall Plantation was an educational one-of-a-kind experience as it reflects Southern American heritage spanning over 300 years. For those interested in America's past, particularly in the American South, this place is definitely worth a side trip.
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Cho says:
Thanks Vikram, yes it is quite an interesting place especially the history of the slaves.
Posted on: Aug 29, 2015
Vikram says:
It really sounds like an interesting place. Thanks again for yet another brilliant write up!
Posted on: Aug 28, 2015
Vikram says:
The Gullah presentation sounds amazo!
Posted on: Aug 28, 2015
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Juliannacurtin Julianna…
3 reviews
Great Southern Plantation Apr 21, 2011
If you are really looking for that deep southern plantation life this is for sure the place to connect with that. From the beautiful grouds, to the slave corridors, to the main house. It is all quite interesting. They have a row of weeping willows that have been featured in movies such as Gone With the Wind. The reason I would choose Boone Hall over Magnolia is because it ends up being wayyy cheaper. Boone Hall allows you to buy one overall admission for 19.50 as an adult or 9.50 as a child. With this you can do everything from the house to the gardens to the various activities. Where at Magnolia they are on a system where you must buy everything individually. This turns out to be way more expensive. You may hear a bunch of people raving about the grounds there and yes they are beautiful but Boone Hall offers very beautiful grounds as well. The only downside to Boone Hall is the main house tour is lacking a little bit in size and substance. I wasn't thoroughly impreseed with the house, but everything made up for that. Southern hospitality runs great there! Happy travels :)
jordi002 jordi002
1 reviews
Impressive Nov 30, 2009
The Boone Hall plantation is an impressive plantation. There are a lot of different activities during the day. You can visit the mansion, a guided tour over the plantation with a car, a guided tour for the slave houses. But the driveway to the mansion with your car is the most impressive!
Andy99 Andy99
621 reviews
Southern plantation history at Boone Hall Apr 10, 2006
Boone hall Plantation has been a working farm for over 320 years. It was founded around the 1680s by John Boone--a rather colorful Colonial character who associated with pirates and fenced their booty, but was still a tax assessor and highway commissioner. The plantation remained in the Boone family until the early 19th century. As it was out of the line of Sherman's March, it does not appear to have been affected by the Civil War as were the Ashley River plantations

Boone Hall was sold in 1935 and the new owners decided to build a new house to replace the original. The 1935 house, Antebellum in appearance but a modern house for its time, is the house visitors see today. (Construction of the house brought electricity to Mount Pleasant.) In fact, the house looks so much like a Civil War plantation house that it has appeared in films and TV shows.

But there is more to see at Boone Hall. Gardens are planted in front of the house and to the side. The Avenue of Oaks, planted between 1743 and 1843, leads up to the house. Eight original slave cabins have been preserved. (They were used as sharecropper dwellings until the 1940s.) The slave cabins house a series of exhibits on African-American history in South Carolina.

While the plantation is a house museum, the farm remains in operation. Farm produce is sold on the property.

Admission is $17.50, including the grounds and the house tour.
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