Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston

#2 of 83 in Historic Sites in Coastal South Carolina
Must see · Garden · Historic Site
One of the country's oldest plantations, Magnolia Plantation & Gardens dates back to 1676, when locals Thomas and Ann Drayton built a house and a small formal garden on this site. The family owned the rice plantation for the next 15 generations, utilizing slave labor to build a network of irrigation dams and dikes. Today, the estate operates as a museum, offering an interpretive program designed to teach visitors about the history of both slave and free black workers at this site. Explore the plantation's natural setting by taking a marsh boat tour or strolling through the gardens, where you can see centenarian cypress trees and camellias dating from the 1840s. Work out when and for how long to visit Magnolia Plantation & Gardens and other Charleston attractions using our handy Charleston attractions planner.
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  • So thankful this place was open on Thanksgiving. We did the mansion and tram tours plus walked the gardens. A few trees were in bloom but still a beautiful and serene place to visit. On the tram...  more »
  • The plantation was absolutely beautiful. Loved the wildlife tram and gardens. House was okay, but I would've love to spent more time in the gardens. Highly recommend this tour to all.  more »
  • Came to Charleston to visit family and so glad we made it to Magnolia Plantation. Every staff member was so friendly. The lady at the ticket window advised us well when we had questions based on our time frame, yet wanting to capture as much of the experience as we could. Tad was a great guide on the train tour. His personality is PERFECT for that job. His ability to bring together geography, culture, history and humor....excellent. The grounds were gorgeous even in August, and not peak blooming season. In fact, it was 110 with the heat index, and I would donit again even so in a heart beat. I finally saw alligators...which was very exciting for me. The walks (make sure and check out the swamp walk,) had very clear signs that you may encounter various wildlife. We saw all ages there and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. Thank you for providing this experience. We will be back.
  • Beautiful place and very well kept. You can not find one piece of litter anywhere on the plantation. You can walk and be lost in the beautiful surroundings. I was floored when I arrived. I’m from out of state and I can truly appreciate the beauty that South Carolina has. The staff was very professional and so polite. If you are in the area visiting, please visit this location. You will not be disappointed.

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