Random photographs taken late afternoon, when the sun finally warmed us up (yeah, not northern cold but now I’m ‘southernized’).
This plantation is maintained gardens, hundreds of years old. The lawn mowers, flocks of sheep, were in the stables by the time we arrived.
The main house was probably built around 1705, in 1755 two flanking buildings were added.
Above is the south flanker. The other two buildings were burned beyond repair by the New York 56th Regiment in 1865, the end of the Civil War. The federal army moved along the Ashley River burning all but one plantation. After the war the south flanker became the main residence until 1975.
Most of the land around the house is landscaped, and terraced hills. The slopes must have been added on the small hill since we are flat, sea level flat. I checked once and this is one of the highest elevations in the Lowcountry.
Several large reflection ponds are on the property, and yes Alligators can wander by. The old mill house is along the back of this pond. Behind the mill is a very large rice field pond filled by the water gates, Trunks, along the Ashley.
Final shot here is of a statue, one of many, around the Spanish Moss and oaks. This statue survived the war by being buried and hidden until federal troops left the area.
If you read PassingByPhoto.com you will have seen photographs of the stables and barnyards. Each spring Ellen drops by often to visit the ‘Sheeps’. Tiny lambs bouncing around and entertaining everyone.
Middleton Plantation, Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC.