1741 Gardens - click to enlarge

1741 Gardens

This is one of several ponds that make up what is thought to be the oldest landscaped garden in the US. Middleton Plantation Gardens.

1741 Gardens - click to enlarge
1741 Gardens – click to enlarge

The design around the main plantation grounds was based on the classic style used around Vaux-le-Vicomte and the Palace of Versailles in France. At one time there were over 100,000 azalea plants.

1741 Gardens - click to enlarge
1741 Gardens – click to enlarge

In the mid 1700’s Charleston was the most wealthy city in the 13 colonies. The rice fields were miles  in size. The 2 most sought after commodities were Sea Isle Cotton (extinct) and Carolina Rice.

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