Oldest Gardens In USA, Middleton Plantation - click to enlarge

Oldest Gardens In USA, Middleton Plantation

Middleton Place is a plantation about 15 miles (24 km) northwest of Charleston, in the U.S. state of South Carolina. Built in several phases during the 18th and 19th centuries, the plantation was the primary residence of several generations of the Middleton family, many of whom played prominent roles in the colonial and antebellum history of South Carolina. The plantation, now a National Historic Landmark District, is home to the oldest landscaped gardens in the United States.

Oldest Gardens In USA, Middleton Plantation - click to enlarge
Oldest Gardens In USA, Middleton Plantation – click to enlarge

John Williams, an early South Carolina planter, probably began building Middleton Place in the late 1730s. His son-in-law Henry Middleton (1717–1784), who later served as President of the First Continental Congress, completed the house’s main section and its north and south flankers, and began work on the elaborate gardens. Middleton’s son, Arthur Middleton (1742–1787), a signer of Declaration of Independence, was born at Middleton Place, and lived at the plantation in the last years of his life. Arthur Middleton’s son and grandson, Henry Middleton (1770–1846) and Williams Middleton (1809–1883), oversaw Middleton Place’s transition from a country residence to a more active rice plantation. In 1865, toward the end of the U.S. Civil War, Union soldiers burned most of the house, leaving only the south wing and gutted walls of the north wing and main house. (Wikipedia)

Oldest Gardens In USA, Middleton Plantation - click to enlarge
Oldest Gardens In USA, Middleton Plantation – click to enlarge
Oldest Gardens In USA, Middleton Plantation - click to enlarge
Oldest Gardens In USA, Middleton Plantation – click to enlarge

The trick to photographing this location is to visit on a weekday, in the winter or early spring. Otherwise you will have no clear shot without people.

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