McLeod Plantation Historic Site

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For her first trip south Daughter had requested to visit a plantation.  She must have missed some information in the AP Us History class last year because that is not really an option.   In fact I took her to the historic Sheldon Church ruins just to show her how damaging the Civil War was.  There are still plantation options but they either are mostly gardens or rebuilt homes.  The closest I had come previously was Drayton Hall and that was on my list to visit with her.

Then on TripAdvisor I stumbled on McLeod Plantation while looking up reviews on Drayton Hall.  Odd that I had never heard of this one or stumbled upon it on our last trip so I dug up some more information. This historic site was opened to the public in April of 2015 and is ran by the Charleston County Parks & Recreation Commission.  They offer guided tours four times a day that are not to be missed. I feel if you just wander the property you will be really missing some of the emotion of the site.

They preface the tour with a warning that this tour will make you uncomfortable at times.  They do NOT skirt around slavery here and they address it head on, this the main focus of the tour.  I will admit I was very uncomfortable and shocked at times. But this story needs to be told and being from the Midwest reading it in a history book was different than standing next to the slave cabins.

I would also add that older children will get more from this plantation than the younger kids.  We had a few children on our tour and they just looked a bit bored.  They were quiet and respectful but you could tell they were ready to be done.

This is the now front of the home that used to be the back entry.  The exterior was updated in the late 1920s to early 30s.  Changing the entry and the driveway to the other side of the home.

McLeod Plantation

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This was the prior front of the home overlooking the fields and land they owned.

McLeod Plantation

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This tour walks you through the long history of the home and its owners from 1741.  Pretty impressive!  When they talked about how much this plantation produced in the 1860s I could not imagine it. They had 74 salves in 23 slave cabins doing an unfathomable amount of work and not just in sea cotton. Prior to the tour I had never heard of sea cotton!

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Several of the old out buildings are still standing and slowly being repaired.  Even the old two-holer outhouse is still standing near the house.

And I loved this twisty old oak! It is said to be over 600 years old, some say 1,000 years old.

McLeod Plantion

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This is the old driveway to the house through the oaks and past the slave cabins.

McLeod Driveway

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We learned about both armies using the home during the civil war and then the Freedmen’s Bureau.

McLeod Plantation

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Our guide allowed us to peek inside a couple of cabins and it blew my mind that these were still rented and lived in during the 1990s.  Farming had ended here in the 1940s.

McLeod Plantation

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I think our tour took about an hour.  Our guide was very interesting and had an ipad with old photos from the family so we could see more history that she showed everyone.

Afterward you are welcome to enter the lower level of the home and look around the unfurnished home.  The main home was build in 1858.

McLeod Plantation

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McLeod Plantation

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McLeod Plantation

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McLeod House

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The county currently owns 37 acres, at one time the family owned 1,693 acres here.

There is a welcome center with bathrooms that was built in an adjacent parking lot. Here is also where you purchase your tour tickets.  Guided tours are offered at 10am, 11:30, 1:30 and 3pm.  Adults are $10 and children 3-12 are $6.

Hours
Tues – Sun, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
(Also open on President’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day

Admission

  • $10 Ages 13 & up
  • $6 ages 3-12
  • Free ages 2 & under
  • Gold Pass membership allows free entry for 4 guests per visit

 

Address:

325 Country Club Drive
Charleston, SC 29412

More information here: https://ccprc.com/1447/McLeod-Plantation-Historic-Site

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Mabel’s Cupcake Emporium

We stumbled on a cupcake place near Ellis Square, my favorite type of stumble!

Mabel Cupcakes

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Another Stay at Foley House Inn

Since we were using airline miles/credit and hotel points I told Daughter I would be able to grant her request to stay in a bed and breakfast.  Oh the choices!  There are so many great room options in Savannah.  You need to start your search early because a few weeks out some places were booked solid.

I wanted to be futher from the river to show her a quieter side of Savannah. I really teettered with booking a superior king room with the balcony facing Broughton Street at the Marshall House.  And then there was the Eliza Thompson House and Kehoe House that looked amazing.  I was looking for a balcony and a king sized bed or two queens.

Ultimately I went back to Foley House Inn for its central location. Also Husband and I had such a nice stay a couple of years back.  They had the Westmorland room available which is on the third floor with a balcony over looking Chippewa square.  After Daughter found the E. Shavers Bookstore she spent even more time on the balcony reading her new book.  We had stumbled upon the book store on our way to the Cathedral during tour hours.

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Cedar Point Groupon August 2016

Groupon is offering Cedar Point tickets for $33.80 for a single adult admission today.  Tickets are good until September 11, 2016.

Currently both Southwest and American airlines shopping portals are offering 3 points per dollar if you  purchase through their online shipping links to Groupon. Why not get 99 points for something you are purchasing?

Groupon can be purchased here: https://www.groupon.com/deals/cedar-point-15

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Small print:

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Sep 11, 2016. Not valid until 8/22/16. Not valid with promo codes. This is a ticket redeemable only for admission until expiration date, Sept 11th 2016; ticket has no value after expiration date passes. Park closed on 9/6, 9/7, 9/8, and 9/9. Park opens to public at 1pm on 9/10. Please check operating calendar for hours of operation. Refundable only on day of purchase through Groupon. Merchant is the issuer of tickets. Limit 10 per person. Valid for ages 3+. Must be 48” or taller. Height/physical restrictions may apply on some rides. Excludes separately ticketed/special events or park buyouts. Admission is subject to park’s occupancy limits. Not valid with any other offers. Some attractions require extra fee. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services. Offer is not eligible for promo codes.

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The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah

I had been able to visit this church on our first visit.  While wandering one day Daughter and I walked past it but it was closed for a wedding. She wanted to step inside so on Saturday we walked over from Foley House Inn to peek inside.  Daughter was imagining how beautiful it had to be inside decorated for a wedding.

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Do You have any Opening for a Carriage Tour?

While I had a couple of weeks to plan this trip I was unable to schedule everything like normal.  Daughter was gone for the two weeks prior learning how to be a great camp counselor as a counselor in training.  So I made the dinner reservations and filled the one request she had for a ghost tour but that was it.  Beyond that I figured we would maybe relax back at the bed and breakfast, or roam the historic area since she now enjoys shopping.  Once we arrived in Savannah she became intregged by the idea of a carriage tour.

The carriage tours can be booked far in advance and I did not think to book one for our trip.  We checked with a couple of companies along the squares and river front. Most had openings but it was right around the time we had dinner reservations.  So we kind of gave up and decided to see what would happen after dinner at the Olde Pink House. I could tell Daughter wanted to take a carriage ride and she was petting all the horses we came across in our search.

After dinner we walked up to the carriage rides along the river to see if they had openings.  They had some for the next morning if she wanted to wait until then. We stumbled across an empty carriage and wagon racing down a one way street.  Sort of racing, they took off with the light next to each other and “raced” to the next corner.  It was pretty funny to watch and the driver that walked the fastest was glad his horse “won.” Now Daughter was tracking all wagons to see where they loaded and if they had opening for tours.  We followed an empty wagon up toward the city market and stumbled on a wagon and driver sitting along the square.  We stopped to ask him if they had openings for the night, they did and the next one was at 8:30.  Sold!

We climbed up into the wagon with three women we were sharing the tour with.  Our driver Justin took us around some squares, past the cemetery, fire station, and Cathedral all with interesting and witty commentary.  This was a fun tour and lots of laughs.  I think we were on board around 45 minutes.  To be honest I was not keeping track, it went fast and we are still laughing about the commentary on the tour. FYI because it came up on the tour the firefighters  across from Colonial Park Cemetery have a calendar if you want to check that out. Heard it on the tour, not sure where you can find it but now you know….

Savannah Tour

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Our driver dropped us back off at the same spot along Ellis Square at the end.  The cost was $22 for people aged 13+, kids 6 -12 are $11.  We really got lucky that being the hot summer season we stumbled onto an opening so if you want a tour book well in advance!

More information here: http://www.madisontourcompany.com/tours.htm

Call us at:
(912) 658-1364

 

 

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Finally the Olde Pink House

I had wanted to dine at the Olde Pink House on our prior trip but Garibaldi won out. We did after dining spend a little time in the basement bar which was fun.  This trip I was going to eat here, it was the first reservation I made!

The Olde Pink House

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The Cotton Exchange for Lunch

After our cemetery tour at Bonaventure our guide asked us where we wanted to be dropped off.  I had not made any lunch plans, hoping to just ask for suggestions.  Usually the guides give you two or three ideas, our guide had just one suggestion.

We were dropped right on the river front near the river street access driveway.  Less than a minute later we were outside the Cotton Exchange to see if they had a table available.  Lucky for us the heat of August makes a little off season because we took the last empty table.

The Cotton Exchange

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Savannah Candy Kitchen for Ice Cream

What is vacation without a little bending of the rules?  For Daughter and I that means a treat right before bed.  We took a quick walk (detour) to Savannah Candy Kitchen to grab a late night ice cream cone on our way back from the ghost tour.

This place is a candy heaven!  They give out samples of Pralines!!! What is not to love?  They are open until 11pm on the weekends, perfect for before bed snacks.

City market ice cream savannah

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And if you are going to get ice cream before bed you might as well get a large waffle cone.  I chose creme brulee gelato for my cone. Daughter went with her standard chocolate.  A single waffle cone is $4.75 and plenty large! The creme brulee flavor was very tasty!

We sat outside in City Market listening to the band and people watching at 10:30 at night.  The area was still bustling and most of the stores were open. The fountain was turned off in the square but many families and adults were still relaxing.

More information here: http://www.savannahcandy.com

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17Hundred90 Restaurant

I was looking forward to a nice meal before our ghost tour in Savannah.  I wanted to be near where we had to meet the tour guide and then I remembered 170Hundred90.  It was less than a five minute walk to the cemetery to meet our guide.  We had made our reservation on open table a week prior and were seated quickly.  The hostess was not the most welcoming person but our server was quick and pleasant.

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