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Middleton Place Plantation is a top Charleston landmark and one of the most famous plantation houses in the south. Middleton Place House is a National Historic Landmark, and has been superbly preserved in every detail. The ancestral home of the Middletons, one of the south’s leading families, Henry Middleton, President of the First Continental Congress built Middleton Place Plantation house. The grounds of Middleton Place give visitors a unique view into 18th-century plantation life. Middleton Place house and gardens are an experience in a class all its own. Middleton Place gardens represent an excellent example of a formal 18th-century American garden, and enjoy a reputation as one of the country's oldest intact gardens.
Charleston, South Carolina is home to some of the world’s greatest aquariums and displays of aquatic life. The waterfront city has become known for its top aquarium, and is a great experience for kids and the whole family. The South Carolina Aquarium offers a dazzling 15,000-gallon tank.
Charleston Market Street shopping centers around the Old City Market, which was built in 1841 on land that had earlier been donated to Charleston by Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Market Hall, which is the main building, is an impressive Greek-style temple. Stroll by the Market Hall to admire the façade of the extraordinary main building and spend time shopping among more than 100 vendors offering everything from local souvenirs and gourmet foods to clothing. The Market reaches from East Bay Street to Meeting Street.
With beautifully preserved interiors and gardens, Drayton Hall Plantation, Charleston, SC is considered one of America’s finest examples in the style of Georgian-Palladian architecture and one of the finest plantation homes in the entire Low Country. One of the South’s grandest surviving plantations home, Drayton Hall Plantation also ranks as one of America’s finest pre-Revolutionary War architecture examples.
Some of the most famous plantations in the south can be found in or near Charleston, SC. These historic plantations offer a fascinating look into the long and varied history of the South. Boone Hall Plantation is one of America’s oldest working plantations. Magnolia Plantation was built in 1676, and is still owned by the same family. Learn more about American History by visiting these important plantations in Charleston, SC.
Charleston enjoys a rich history dating back to the 1600s. Shortly following the restoration of Charles II of England to the British throne, King Charles granted a group of eight loyalists, known as the Lords Proprietor, a chartered territory in Carolina in 1663. Seven years later, the "Charlestowne" colony was settled along the banks of the Ashley River, just 6 miles northwest of the present city of Charleston. Sited as a prime port, the settlement soon became a bustling port town despite continued attacks from the French and Spanish. Today, many of the city’s finest historic homes and sites can still be toured and enjoyed including the Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, Aiken-Rhett House, H.L. Hunley Confederate Submarine and famed Civil War site Fort Sumter.
Charleston is surrounded by barrier islands and sandy beaches. Many beautiful beaches are near our Charleston, SC hotel, within only a few miles. Just over the Intracoastal Waterway is James Island, continue for about 5 miles along Folly Road to reach Folly Beach. Kiawah Island, which is famed for its five championship golf courses, offers a pristine retreat just 25 miles from the Creekside Lands Inn. Closer to historic Downtown Charleston is Sullivan’s Island, which is considered one of the best beaches in Charleston, South Carolina, only about 16 miles from the Creekside Lands Inn.