Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Drayton Hall Plantation - Impressions #2

Drayton Hall Plantation House back view

Look from the Ashley River back to the house

Palmetto tree at the shores of the Ashley River

Many small benches are inviting you to sit down, looking out to the river, to relax and to enjoy

Big white Heron is fishing in the pond
(click on the picture to see the bird better)

Spanish Moss hanging from the old oaks

One of the many big Oak trees, some are even more than 250 years old

A group of young birches are spending shadows on a hot summer afternoon

History information for tourists and visitors of Drayton Hall

Today's efforts are encompassed within the Heritage Landscape Project funded by a generous endowment created by Gail and Parker Gilbert of New York and Charleston. The goal of this project is not to restore or recreate the landscape as it appeared at one point in time, but rather, to establish a balance between the 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century landscapes.

The result of such a philosophy is a layered landscape. Visitors today see a Victorian garden mound and reflecting pond, live oaks that are over 250 years old, a camellia planted by Richmond Bowens in the 1920s, and the ha-ha, a landscape feature created as a barrier to keep sheep and other livestock out of the formal gardens in the 18th and early 19th century. They have the opportunity to understand how the grounds have changed over the course of time.

Read more about here


Anna said...

Hi Susanne, these are amazing, and some of them look like paintings, especially the first one, I almost thought that you were showcasing your husbands art again. Thanks for visit to my blog few minutes again, I did not read it again, but I saw your email notification. Came to pick up my award, I guess I will be having fun for some time as I scroll down. Anna :)

Susanne49 said...

O.M.G. the photographs turn itno paintings - and the paintings obviously look like photographs...LOL...I don't understand anymore...

Thanks for your kind comment, Anna!

Titania Starlight said...

Oh to have lived in a place like that. I would need lot's of staff to keep it clean. :o)

The house and grounds are so beautiful.

Susanne49 said...

Hi Tawnyia,

they had a lot of (slaves) people working for them, back in time!

Thanks for commenting.

Worldman said...

A combination of comments I have made on previous posts of yours:

I will win the lottery, I will buy the place, you will make a picture of me standing under the tree. And this will have made me, the old man, tired and I will go and sit on the bench. This time to look over the river.


But seriously, I think it is great that people take care of heritage.

Susanne49 said...

Hi Peter,

I can understand so well your dreams....I had almost so the same fantasies when I was visiting the house and listening to all the Old stories from our tour guide. :-)

Thanks for commenting!


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