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Take A Walk In The Oldest Landscaped Gardens In The Country

Emma Colosia Emma Colosia

Take A Walk In The Oldest Landscaped Gardens In The Country

You can spend a sunny day at Middleton Place!

Summertime is the perfect time to visit Middleton Place. Enjoy 110 acres of a National Historic Landmark, home to the oldest landscaped gardens in the country.

Built-in 1755, this mansion was once the home of Arthur Middleton, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. The premises include the house museum, a stable with heritage-breed animals, Middleton Place Restaurant and acres and acres of dreamy gardens.

 

 

The house museum, the original dwelling where Arthur Middleton spent his days, now contains a collection of historic furniture and portraits that will transport you back to his era. You can also visit Eliza’s House, a building named after Eliza Leach, a woman who worked at Middleton Place for 4o years. Her story helps us understand the African American experience during that time as well as the legacy of all the workers who helped build and keep the grounds for decades.

 

 

The restaurant is also highly praised, so when visiting Middleton Place, don’t skip lunch. It offers classic southern dishes made with fresh, local, seasonal and organic ingredients. Lunch options include crab soup, shrimp and grits, collard greens, and Huguenot torte. There is also a more formal dinner menu available, but don’t forget that reservations are required to stay.

 

 

However, according to most visitors, the best reason to visit Middleton Place is the magnificent fields. Designed after traditional French gardens, you can take a walk and enjoy 65 acres of camellias, azaleas, magnolias, and myrtle. Note that general admission includes a complimentary guided walking tour and exploration of the garden. Don’t miss it!

 

Where: 📍4300 Ashley River Rd

Hours:  ⏰9:00 – 5:00pm daily

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