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Monday, April 24, 2017

America's most photographed plantation....

Boone Hall Plantation...

 Some consider this America's most photographed plantation
I certainly can attest to this statement

These 88 magnificent oak trees line the 3/4 mile drive up to the plantation house.
 The trees are 500+ years old, moss covered branches meet in the middle to give this 
gateway a unique and spectacular view.

Looking back toward the entrance of the plantation.
"Avenue of Oaks"

Rick and I loved the visiting this plantation, so much history and awe. 
Probably our favorite part of South Carolina

Nine of the original slave houses which date back to 1790-1810,  still stand at the plantation.
The "privileged slaves" occupied these one-story brick buildings. 
By "Privileged" I mean the slaves that worked closely with the plantations owners such as 
cooks, housekeepers, gardeners, blacksmith etc.

This sweet lady sat in one slave cabins, reenacting the making of seagrass baskets. 
Rick and I sat through a presentation by this lovely woman whose great-grandmother 
was one of the original slaves on Boone plantation. 

They call themselves "Gullah", they have their own unique culture and language, 
which was originally adapted by African slaves. 
Her narration was given as if it were current day, it was fascinating to hear.

Her name was.... Jackie 

 Just a pretty picture
We took a little wagon ride around the plantation grounds, 
we learned lots of neat facts about the plantation. 

Boone Hall is also one of America's oldest working farms. 
They have been growing crops for over 3 centuries, actively producing strawberries, tomatoes,
 and peaches, just to name a few. 

Peach trees

Initially, the primary crop was Rice then Cotton & Indigo. By the late 1800's Boon Hall was one of the nation's leading producers of pecans.  Prominent homes, churches and a lot of the buildings in South Carolina were constructed of bricks made by the hands of the slaves of Boone Hall Plantation. 

 Several movies and TV series have had snippets from the grounds and buildings of Boone Hall.
 North & South (starring Patrick Swayzy)
Alex Haley's "Queen"
The Notebook
Days of our Lives
Gone With the Wind  

Our time at Boone Hall Plantation was time well spent, if you ever visit the area it would be in your best interest to visit this moment in history, we are glad we did!


  1. I can understand why this plantation is the most photographed--for its beauty, its history and its movie connections.

    While I love all of the plantation shots, I most appreciate the portraits. Thank you for sharing this story.

    1. I didnt even get into the "boat house" where many famous people have been married, most recently Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively. It's a beautiful place, we loved every part of it!

  2. Gorgeous! Love the tree lined drive!

    1. Thanks Cheri, but the photo's really don't do it justice!

  3. Love the "window" photo!! These sites exude tons of history.....one can truly "feel" the presence of those who have gone before. The seagrass baskets are the same as the "sweet grass" baskets made by Northern MN Indians..worth every penny to purchase but, unfortunately, I didn't have enough pennies along when I saw these being made in Savannah.

    1. I like the window photo as well :) We were told the baskets were much cheaper at the plantation, but still too expensive for me.