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I have lived about 1.5 miles fromBoone Hall Plantation for the past 4 years. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago I was able to experience this amazing place full of history and charm. Founded in 1861 by Englishman Major John Boone, Boone Hall Plantation is located in Mount Pleasant South Carolina just off of Highway 17. It is home to intriguing southern history, beautiful grounds, and the location of several movie locations including The Notebook, North and South, and Alex Haley’s Queen.
Top image by me, bottom image scene from The Notebook.
We decided on a beautiful Saturday in August for our trip & saved a little time by purchased our tickets online prior to our trip. Tickets were $24 for ages 13-64 yrs and included:
Entry to Boone Hall Plantation down the world famous Avenue of Oaks
Plantation House Tour
Black History In America Exhibit
Plantation Coach Tour (weather permitting)
Slave Street and History Tour
Exploring The Gullah Culture live theatrical presentation
Butterfly Pavilion (late April thru September)
We started our trip in what we later realized was the old general store. We were greeted by a lovely lady that told us about the days events & tours, and scheduled our house tour.
The Slave Cabins
After, we started our venture exploring the old slave cabins. The unique thing I found here was that inside of each cabin, there was a different museum type presentation full of artifacts & photos from the Gullah and slave history. A theatrical performance can be seen at throughout the day presenting the Gullah Culture.
During our self guided gardening tour, we experienced various plants, flowers and trees growing on either side of the front lawn. We saw the beautiful antique roses as well, said to be over 100 years old! We learned on the House tour later that the brick walkways are in the shape of a butterfly!
The House Tour
The house tour was absolutely amazing. Our guide showed us several rooms and told us all about the Plantations history as well as the history of the homes furniture, art, and details. Unfortunately no photography was allowed inside of the home.. just take my word for it and go see it for yourself!
The Tractor Tour
Our guide for the tractor tour was fantastic as well! We hopped aboard our covered wagon in front of the Butterfly Cafe, and began our tour through the Plantations property of 738 acres. He told us the history of the property and fields, including the many different harvests right there at Boone Hall.
Boone Hall Plantation is home to many amazing historic structures, horse stables, artifacts, and views!
In addition to the amazing sites & tours, Boone Hall offers a neat little store, The Butterfly Cafe where you can take a break from the Charleston heat and grab a bite, drink, ice cream, or souvenir. Just behind there is a Butterfly garden which is truly magical!
Boone Hall instantly became one of my favorite Charleston Plantations and I highly recommend a visit if you’re nearby!