McLeod Plantation Historic Site

McLeod

A post shared by Stretchingittotravel (@stretchingittotravel) on

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

A post shared by Stretchingittotravel (@stretchingittotravel) on

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

McLeod Plantation

A post shared by Stretchingittotravel (@stretchingittotravel) on

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!

McLeod Plantation

A post shared by Stretchingittotravel (@stretchingittotravel) on

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

A post shared by Stretchingittotravel (@stretchingittotravel) on

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

McLeod Driveway

A post shared by Stretchingittotravel (@stretchingittotravel) on

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

McLeod Plantation

A post shared by Stretchingittotravel (@stretchingittotravel) on

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

A post shared by Stretchingittotravel (@stretchingittotravel) on

McLeod Plantation

A post shared by Stretchingittotravel (@stretchingittotravel) on

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

A post shared by Stretchingittotravel (@stretchingittotravel) on

McLeod Plantation

A post shared by Stretchingittotravel (@stretchingittotravel) on

McLeod Plantation

A post shared by Stretchingittotravel (@stretchingittotravel) on

McLeod House

A post shared by Stretchingittotravel (@stretchingittotravel) on

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

Advertisements
Categories: Trip Reviews | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

Post navigation

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: