Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston

#14 of 38 in Historic Sites in Charleston
Cemetery · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Founded on a rice plantation, Magnolia Cemetery represents the final resting place of 2,200 Civil War veterans. Notable politicians, poets, and army generals are also buried here. Spread across 37 hectares (92 acres) of forested grounds with landscaped paths, the cemetery holds impressive memorial plaques, busts, ornaments, and crypts. It contains the only chapel mausoleum in Charleston, as well as a large lagoon that feeds the Cooper River, used for scattering ashes. The cemetery offers occasional ghost walks and interpretive storytelling tours. Look for the curious Wm. B. Smith Pyramid at the site. Plan your visit to Magnolia Cemetery and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Charleston attractions planning site.
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  • I appreciated this lovely, old cemetery and all the history it offers. We used it as a history lesson for our children and it was truly a solemn experience. The area where the nuns and young children....  more »
  • This is an aesthetic pleasure if you enjoy old cemeteries. It’s very peaceful. The trees swaying with Spanish moss!!!! Unique grave markers. It’s so big that we had to make two trips to get it all.....  more »
  • This cemetery is absolutely gorgeous. I have gotten my husband and my best friend hooked on exploring here when we visit the Charleston area. The memorials are so unique here and there is so much history that this place has to offer. Wear bug spray, especially if you're on the sides near the water. The mosquitoes are horrible there.
  • Hands down the coolest cemetery I have ever seen. Great photo ops. Also the biggest I have ever seen. Would be so creepy at night.

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