Middleton Place and Tropical Storm Andrea
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There are many plantations and historical things to see in Charleston. Despite the weather, Tropical Storm Andrea was visiting as well, we decided to visit Middleton Place Plantation. It's about a 15 mile ride from Charleston.
Situated on about 200 acres on the Ashley River, Middleton Place was started by John Williams in the 1730's. His daughter, Mary Williams Middleton and her husband, Henry Middleton finished the construction of the plantation. Henry Middleton was a member of the Continental Congress. Their son, Arthur Middleton was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and is buried at the plantation
The Yankees burned and looted Middleton Place in 1865, leaving only the main house and southern flanker. (Flankers are wings of the house). A rare earthquake, estimated at 6.6 on the Ricter scale occurred in 1886, leveling the main house. Today, only the southern flanker is remaining. Heningham Smith, wife of John Julius Pringle Smith began restoration in 1919. She is responsible for reestablishing the gardens, and much credit was received by her.
Middleton Place is a great place to spend the day. In spite of the Tropical Storm, Alice Ann and I were able to tour the plantation. In addition to the gardens, there's also a stable and rice mill. The staff at Middleton Place dress in period costumes, and demonstrate many of the practices of the day. We observed silk spinning and the operation of turning corn into corn meal. Pretty cool stuff.
Middleton Place is worth the look when in the Charleston area.
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