McLeod Plantation Historic Site, Charleston

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McLeod was established in 1851 as a sea island cotton plantation. Today McLeod is a 37-acre park open to the public and is recognized as a significant historic site most notably for exploring Gullah Geechee culture.

Visitors are offered guided tours of the grounds including six original slave quarters and the McLeod family home.
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  • I had decided ahead of time to visit a plantation site in Charleston which tells the more authentic story than just visiting a fancy house and gardens. The tour is well worth your time if you want... 
    I had decided ahead of time to visit a plantation site in Charleston which tells the more authentic story than just visiting a fancy house and gardens. The tour is well worth your time if you want...  more »
  • McLeod gave us an authentic picture of the lives of enslaved people on a working Plantation. Be sure to take the guided free tour. Amazingly, the “small houses” which are actually shacks, were... 
    McLeod gave us an authentic picture of the lives of enslaved people on a working Plantation. Be sure to take the guided free tour. Amazingly, the “small houses” which are actually shacks, were...  more »
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  • This was the most memorable site that our family visited during our trip. This is a unique experience as far as plantations go. They focus primarily on the enslaved peoples’ experience. Our tour guide was passionate and brilliant and never avoided hard truths. Anyone who is interested in history should visit this plantation. Thank you to the staff and volunteers who make this place so meaningful and for all the critical work you are doing to tell the story of this plantation. We will never forget our visit here.
  • We were blown away by our experience at McLeod. While the grounds are beautiful and the plaques are helpful and thoughtful, the tour is certainly worth it. The guides offer interpretations focused on the people who were enslaved there. Toby offered heartfelt and emotional connections that made it so clear how the history of the site relates to what we are experiencing and seeing in Charleston today. Also greatly appreciated the effort to tell the stories of and learn more about the Indigenous people who also inhabited the land.

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