McLeod Plantation Historic Site, Charleston

McLeod Plantation is located at 325 Country Club Drive on James Island, South Carolina, near the intersection of Folly and Maybank Roads. Situated at Wappoo Creek which flows into the Ashley River, historic events have been recorded throughout the period from 1678 when it first appeared on maps under "Morris." The plantation house standing on the land today was constructed in about 1858 in the Georgian style. Also on the property are six clapboard slave cabins, a detached kitchen, a dairy building, a pre-war gin house for long-staple cotton, a barn, and a carriage house. The plantation is an important Gullah heritage site preserved in recognition of its cultural and historical significance.
In 1780 in the American War of Independence General Sir Henry Clinton used the original house as his headquarters while planning the siege of Charleston. The plantation was occupied by Confederate forces during most of the Civil War, and the home also served as a hospital. After the evacuation of Charleston in early 1865, it was occupied by the 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiments, which were African American soldiers. Later, the home was occupied as offices by the Freedmen's Bureau, and at one point, nearly newly freed slaves camped out on the plantation's lands. In 1926, The front and rear of the house were reversed, and the front facade was altered.
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  • Very informative and fun place to visit. I would recommend visiting while in charleston. This place can easily take all day to see everything they have  more »
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  • I absolutely loved this plantation and tour. Olivia (our tour guide) did a phenomenal job of really hitting home the history of the home. I appreciated how she didn't shy away from the obvious history of slavery on the property, but stayed incredibly professional about it the whole time. With such a short distance from downtown, this experience is hard to beat!
  • I wasn't sure what to expect when arriving at McCleod plantation. I'd heard about the more honest representation given here by the guides. It 100% was the best tour of a plantation home I've ever been on. Our guide, Olivia, was extremely knowledgeable and really helped you relate to the people who lived and worked on those grounds. I left with a deeper understanding of our nation's history and how it continues to impact the modern world. And I was truly impressed and appreciative of the guides' willingness to lead us down roads many people aren't prepared to face, despite whatever push back other guests dished. The stories they told lingered with me for weeks afterward and I hope they continue doing the good work they're doing.

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