Middleton Plantation and Nathaniel Russell House

Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
Trip End Apr 05, 2013

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Where I stayed
Ansonborough Inn Charleston
Read my review - 5/5 stars
What I did
Middleton Place Charleston
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Nathaniel Russell House Charleston
Read my review - 3/5 stars

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Today, we drove to the Middleton (Place) Plantation after a breakfast of cereal, fruit and sliders (small buns with a piece of sausage inside). 

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. Read more at: https://www.middletonplace.org. 

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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