After brunch and exploring some of the sites in downtown Charleston, it was time to venture a little bit outside of the city. One of the things that we really wanted to check out while we were in Charleston was a plantation because we were right in the middle of the original American South. Based on our research, we decided that Boone Hall was the perfect plantation for us to visit, and I think that you’ll see why!
Boone Hall is easily one of the most recognizable plantations in all of America because of the beautiful live oak trees that form a tunnel that leads straight up to the beautiful plantation house. If you’re a big fan of The Notebook, you might also recognize the actual plantation house from that movie as well. I think that it was the house that Allie’s parents lived in.
Besides the beautiful grounds, there’s also a lot of history at Boone Hall as well. Some of the original slave houses are preserved on the grounds, and Boone Hall has done a great job of turning these houses into a great teaching tool for the public. The last thing we want to do is forget about what the slaves went through when they were living and working on the plantations.
One of my favorite parts about our trip to Boone Hall was our tour of the house. Everything has been completely refurnished, and they even furnished and have staged the house to show how it would have looked during the 1800’s. I loved learning all about the history of the home and the original occupants, and learning about all of the movies that have been filmed there as well. The only downside was not being able to take pictures inside!
After walking the grounds and touring the house, don’t forget to take a tour of the grounds on the Plantation Coach. They drive you all around the grounds and you get a chance to see more of the plantation. We didn’t have enough time to take the tour, but we did see some people drive in the same direction as the coach so we thought that we’d drive around for a little bit to see some of the grounds for ourselves. Um, yeah, we definitely shouldn’t have done that because I’m pretty sure that we were in a personnel only area! We quickly turned ourselves right back around so we wouldn’t get in trouble!
Alas, after we were done with our self-guided tour, some of us had to get back on the road to Atlanta while others had to hop on a plane back to Houston, so girls trip was officially over. Visiting Boone Hall Plantation was the perfect end to our girls trip. The grounds were beautiful, and I could imagine myself in a corset and a big hoop skirt running around with Scarlet O’Hara or something! For only $24, I definitely recommend a stop at Boone Hall Plantation during your trip to Charleston!
I’m linking up with Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World for Wanderful Wednesday and Kerri, Kate, and Emily for the very last Wanderlust Wednesday!
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