We decided to start by just paying for a tour of the gardens and decide later if we wanted to tour the house, the swamp, etc. Magnolia Plantation has been the original ancestral home of the Drayton family since 1676. Today the plantation is home to the eleventh generation of Draytons. It was originally a rice plantation with extensive earth works of dams and dikes built in fields along the river for irrigating land for rice cultivation. African slaves from rice growing regions created the "works".
|This is one of the swamp areas where they grew the rice.|
Can you imagine going in there to get the rice??? There were
loads of mesquitos, poisonous snakes, and alligators. Wow!
We began the tour by watching a 20 minute film about the history of the property from before the Civil War till current day. It was narrated by a young man who was an 11th generation descendant. There is so much history in this area.
Our next stop was to check out the slave living quarters.
|Not very large and this housed 2 families!|
|This is a 2 sited fireplace that separates the "duplex"!|
We toured numerous garden areas (there were 24) with beautiful flowers, garden statues, bridges, and many varieties of trees including cypress, live oaks, etc.
|So well maintained and manicured!|
|Walking through the conservatory!|
|Orchids were hanging everywhere!|
|So many colors and designs!|
The flowers on the property were lovely too -
|Loved the dainty foxgloves!|
|The magnolias were just starting to bloom. I think it|
will be gorgeous a little later in the season!
We decided not to tour the actual home. Hard to imagine that it was built soon after the Civil War, but it really wasn't quite the image I had of a southern plantation home. What do you think??
|This is a view of the front....|
|....and the back!|
On the way back to the CG we decided to stop for lunch at an authentic Mexican Restaurant and it was delicious and the bonus - we could eat outside. It was mostly cloudy today but in the 80's, a perfect day to eat outdoors.
When we were back at Waldo the work began to get ready for tomorrow's departure. Ken did all the work outside while I did 2 loads of laundry and got the inside ready for "blast off". Ken prepped for dinner while I finished the wash.
We have had a wonderful time in the Charleston area and James Island County Park. I would highly recommend this CG when in the area.
Just a few photos of the lake when you enter the park and then our campsite!