Middleton Place, Charleston

Middleton Place once housed several generations of the Middleton family, including Arthur Middleton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Now the plantation, which was built in 1755, has been named a National Historic Landmark and serves as a museum. Perhaps most impressively, the plantation is home to the oldest landscaped gardens in America, where the staff takes care to ensure that there is always something in bloom year round. Enjoy U.S. history amid these tranquil gardens. Take a tour of the house, get a glimpse of colonial life by visiting the stable yards, or ask about guided kayak tours or horseback riding to see the grounds from a different angle. Plan to visit Middleton Place and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Charleston attractions using our Charleston travel planner.
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  • We stayed at the Middleton Inn so we had access to the gardens even after the tours ended. I loved the gardens and the home tour was very informative. I wish we would have had more time here.  more »
  • We have visited Middleton Place three times. The gardens are so pretty. There are staff in costume to make you feel like you stepped back in time. A must see!  more »
  • We spent hours walking through the ground, and the house tour is a must. The highlight of our trip was Doug the Cooper. He was so passionate about the history of the plantation and his craft. He was o...  more »
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  • Good visit, can take a whole day. Did the extra horse drawn carriage and primary house tours. Enjoyed the carriage more than the house. House was claustrophobic, unbalanced with respect to its occupants roles, and did not address slavery in any meaningful way. Star off as a consequence. On site black smith, potter and several other craftsmen. Working barn (including cow milking), horses, a peacock, sheep and chickens. Some beautiful gardens. Good on site restaurant.
  • My wife and I just completed a tour of the Middleton Place rice Plantation - it is stunning! Gorgeous gardens which are right on the river with ancient old oak trees all covered in Spanish Moss framing the landscape. Immaculate grounds, home and stables. We took the home tour - the furnishing are very high end, in addition to being original to the property, which has been in the same family for, I believe 12 generations!! We also toured the neighboring Magnolia Plantation which had beautiful gardens, but the home is really not much of a plantation. If you have time to see both it is fun to do so, but if you have time for just one - make it the Middleton Place Plantation! Paul & Janice
  • Love this plantation it was so full of history. The best time to vi sit would be now in the spring. It was planted to be colorful this time of year, the owners only lived there in the spring. It was still beautiful in the summer but very hot!
  • This visit was well worth the 2 1/2 hours we spent touring the grounds. The gardens were breathtaking - well worth the price of admission. But the historical sites - a moving and painful reminder of what plantation life really was like - resonated even more.
  • All of the people were met here were very friendly & informative. The ground were beautiful & well kept. We definitely enjoyed the glimpse of village life & the kids loved the hands on demonstrations. They got a kick out of milking the cow! It's a great way to spend the day outdoors with the family.

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