Middleton Plantation and Nathaniel Russell House
Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
8Trip End Apr 05, 2013
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Middleton Place is a plantation directly across the Ashley River from North Charleston and about 15 miles northwest of Charleston. Built in the 18th and 19th centuries, the plantation was the primary residence of several generations of the Middleton family (not related to Kate Middleton) many of whom played prominent roles in the colonial and antebellum history of South Carolina. When it was built it looked like the palace of Versailles. Union soldiers burned most of the house, leaving only the south wing and gutted walls of the north wing and main house. An earthquake in 1886 toppled the walls of the main house and north wing.The plantation, now a National Historic Landmark District, currently functions as a museum, and is home to the oldest landscaped gardens in the United States
On the plantation, there were lots of horses, chickens, goats, cats, peacocks and other exotic farm animals. There were people giving tours, making pottery, and tending to the animals. We took a short walking tour and saw an alligator, and the famed gardens. The gardens contained many azaleas, statues, and rice fields. After about 4 hours, we headed back to Charleston to go to the Nathaniel Russell House.
This is a historic house which contained a non-supported staircase and was restored to look like it would have when the Russell's lived there. A member of the Russell family married a Middleton (If you haven't read above, go back and read it)!
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