Saturday, October 18, 2008

Middleton Place Plantation - Part 1

Middleton Place Plantation House
(ALL the photos in these series are NOT for sale!)

View from the gate down to the Ashley river

A beautiful garden complex with ponds and the Ashley river in the back, very pretty in springtime for sure!

Pretty garden sculptures in nice surroundings

Majestic old oak trees are standing allover Middleton Place

Middleton Place (65 acres)

is a historic plantation with gardens located along the Ashley River at 4300 Ashley River Road, Charleston, South Carolina.

The plantation was established in 1741 by Henry Middleton, President of the First Continental Congress, and was home to generations of the family including Henry's son, Arthur Middleton, a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence; Arthur Middleton's son, Henry Middleton, Governor of South Carolina and U.S. Minister to Russia; and his son in turn, Williams Middleton, who signed the Ordinance of Secession.

The original main house was three stories tall, built of brick in Jacobean-style and flanked by two story wings. The north wing contained a library and ballroom, while the south wing was used as a guest house.

New records show that Middleton Place imported water buffalo from Constantinople in the late 1700s. These records show that these water buffalo were the first in the United States.

In 1865, near the end of the Civil War, the plantation was burned and looted by Union troops in retaliation for the owner's signing of the Ordinance of Secession. The soldiers killed and ate five of the water buffalo and stole six. These six later showed up in Central Park Zoo. Only the south building survived (built 1755), which is now the Middleton Place House Museum. Its gardens were further damaged by the great Charleston earthquake of 1886, and lay neglected until inherited by J. J. Pringle Smith in 1916, who then began their restoration. In 1941, on the garden's bicentennial, the Garden Club of America presented it with the Bulkley Medal "in commemoration of Two Hundred Years of enduring Beauty."

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1971.[1][3]

In 1974 Smith's heirs donated the plantation to the non-profit Middleton Place Foundation.[citation needed]

Today the plantation's house museum contains a collection of Middleton family furniture, paintings, books, and documents dating from the 1740s through the 1880s. The formal gardens consist of symmetric landscaped terraces, allées, ponds, and garden rooms. The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) has named them one of six American gardens of international importance.[citation needed]

The property is listed at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.[4]

In the Mel Gibson movie The Patriot, General Cornwallis is shown having a banquet at Middleton Place.[citation needed]

Arthur Middleton was born at the house, and is buried there.

10 miles southeast of Summerville on South Carolina Rt. 61. / 12.5 miles northwest of Charleston on Rt. 61. It is open daily; an admission fee is charged.


Zd said...

Such a lovely place. Really fond of the green although I like plantation that seems more wild you know, like a jungle, rather than trimmed lawns. But green is good in anyway. Nice pictures. And Susanne, which camera do you use?

Susanne49 said...

Hi Zd,

thanks for your kind comment. All plantations here in the US are looking like this one, neat and clean.

I did these photos with my NIKON D80

Anonymous said...

I love Spanish moss. These are really nice shots. Nice to be able to read all the info too. Thanks.

Susanne49 said...

thank you for your kind compliments to my post today, Papercage.

I'm glad you liked the little report about the Plantation house Middleton Place. I'll bring more about, stay tuned!

DianeCA said...

I got a realy Gone With the Wind feeling from the second picture especially. How lovely that they are able to keep a lovely historical building in so good shape, and the Spanish moss brings back memories of my summer vacation in the Carolinas.

Anonymous said...

I want to live there!! that is gorgous! Granted I would not want to clean that big of a house by myself! Have a great day

Susanne49 said...

Nice to hear, that you've enjoyed my photos from the place where the movie "The Patriot" was made :)

Thanks for your kind comment, DianeCA!

Susanne49 said...

Hi Carrie,

back in those times you never would have had to clean anything in that house! They had they own slaves...

Thanks for the comment.:)

Lifecruiser said...

Wow! Such a beautiful place, no wonder it was declared a National Historic Landmark!

...and the weather look lovely too. We have rain here now. Fall has started for real.

Tomorrow, Sunday, I'll have a photo in my post, that I think that you'll find interesting - and in the next post there will be many photos from the same event. I'm trying to make you curious... *giggles*

Susanne49 said...

O.k., lifecruiser,

I'll be there tomorrow...! You made me really curious :) Thanks for the nice comment too.

Isadora said...

No matter what time of year, this place would be fabulous to visit just about any time. I can imagine the sweet life there must have been that were spent here by the owners.

Susanne49 said...

Hi Isadora,

very nice to read your comment this morning! I'm glad you liked the post, like I like to read your blog about Budapest. :)

richies said...

I am always fascinated with plantation homes. I love the history and the beauty. Thanks for the informative post.

Susanne49 said...

Hi Richie,

thank you for the nice comment.

Stay tuned, I'll have more to come and more to enjoy about Middleton Place! :)

Carole said...

what a beautiful place it look sue. lovely images.

Susanne49 said...

Thank you so much Carol! I know that, you would like it too!!!


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