Several of the old southern plantations in Charleston SC are open to the public. I can equate this to the old castles and manors open in Europe. In short, they need the money to keep them. It’s not easy keeping these huge buildings and land.
The photographs here are from Magnolia Plantation where parts of the gardens are very old (the oldest in the USA), and look it. Probably on purpose. I prefer this area since it gives me the opportunity to shoot things a little different than I normally would.