Plantation Tour - 6 hours
Tour into the Carolina Lowcountry with Linda to Middleton Place Plantation and Drayton Hall Plantation. Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark and a carefully preserved 18th century rice plantation. It was the home of Arthur Middleton, signer of the Declaration of Independence.
The house museum is filled with priceless paintings, furniture and silver.
The plantation gardens are the oldest formal gardens in the United States.
Drayton Hall, built in 1742, is owned by the National Trust. It is an English Country Manor that survived the burning by Federal troops after the Civil War. First of its kind in Palladian architecture in the US with a massive portico. No other house of this period in the new world can compare with its delicate carvings of mahogany and wet plaster, hand molded ceilings. The house is being preserved in original condition rather than being restored.
I would recommend around a 9 am departure from the city. Arrive at Middleton Place around 9:30 am. Tour gardens for 45 minutes, the house museum (30 minutes) and then stableyards.
Leave Middleton at 12:45 pm, arrive at Drayton Hall for a 1 pm tour. Depart Drayton at 2:30 and arrive back in the city at 3 pm. There is a wonderful plantation restaurant or snack bar at Middleton for lunch. Lunch in the restaurant would extend the day an additional hour.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
End Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 6 hours
Luxury 4 door sedan accommodating 4 guests for a 30 minute ride to the plantations to and from the City of Charleston. Can rent a larger vehicle if necessary for an additional charge. Lots of walking to see Middleton Place gardens and stableyards.
Drayton Hall does not require walking. It is a 45 minute tour of the house. The grounds at Drayton are optional time permitting.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
25 USD - Souvenirs, meals, and others.