Charleston Tours Magnolia Gardens

In 1670 a small group of daring founders settled in a land that rests between two rivers and the Atlantic. This land that we call Charleston is full of a lively history and magnificent beauty. A must stop on your Charleston Tour with Crafted Travel is the gorgeous Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. This beautiful destination was founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, and has bared witness to the history of the United States since it existed almost 100 years before the American Revolution.

Charleston Tours Magnolia Gardens2The Magnolia Plantation has stayed within the possession of the Drayton family for more than three centuries, the house itself has ten rooms that are open to the public, each room is beautifully furnished with Early-American antiques. The furnishings and antiques simply take visitors back in time while they view the Drayton family’s heirlooms including porcelain, quilts, and more. The gardens are of such renowned beauty and diversity that they have attracted tourists from all around the world since the 1870s. Some parts of the gardens are more than 325 years old, making them the oldest unaltered gardens in America.  Each generation has complemented the gardens by adding their own personal touch. If you are looking 

The Audubon Swamp Garden is an exceptionally distinctive realm featuring trees that majestically grow out of the water, breathtaking and almost magical floating islands, and there an abundance of wildlife. This area is full of biodiversity serving to host and house thousands of plant and animal species that coincide amid the cypress and tupelo gum trees. The swamp garden is like no place you have ever seen and is something you will never forget.

The plantation still houses former slave dwellings highlighting the importance of acknowledging the fundamental role that Gullah people and culture plays in Lowcountry history. This area portrays the turbulent history of African-American families through the times of slavery, to the segregation era and through to the modern Civil Rights period. This acknowledgment of this part of the history of the plantation and the impacts on African- American families is essential because to do otherwise would be the same as to claim that these cruel histories never existed.

This huge plantation is full of beauty and history; it is guaranteed that you will never forget your tour of the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. The gardens alone are enough to leave you in awe, but the house, the cabin area (that you need to take a shuttle to), the zoo and nature center which is absolutely perfect for children, you and your senses will never forget your trip here.

History, architecture, and breathtaking beauty. Could anyone ever want more of a tour?


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