Built in 1755, the House Museum interprets four generations of Middleton Family, with extraordinary family furniture, silver, porcelain, rare books and portraits on display. Birthplace of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Middleton Place and the Middletons have played an important role in American history. The property has miraculously remained under the same family stewardship for some 320 years, and today, successfully preserves history for visitors to enjoy. They even have one day each year where they invite all Middleton relatives to a family picnic.
Sunday, April 19, 2015
My posts fell behind after our last sojourn here in Charleston ten days ago, but better late then never I say!
We took a day to tour an amazing plantation... And the group consensus was to head out to the country. (Hello... Uber? We need a pick-up!) to Middleton Plantation. If you ever get a chance to tour this beautiful city, get yourself to Middleton plantation. It was a must see and we couldn't have loved it more!
This area is known as "low-country" & much of southern cuisine is based on this region. (Think fried green tomatoes and hush puppies.)
Driving on beautiful country roads...
However, the rain followed us again.
This was a charming little general store on the property of the plantation.
Finally the sun came out and before I knew it, I was walking amongst these sweet lambs on the property.
I was in heaven! I wonder if I can talk Brad into being a gentleman farmer? Ha!
The original estate burned down in the Civil War, and when this happened the Middletons moved into the smaller home you see in the photo below. It has all of the original family art and furnishings inside.
And the backyard... Wow!
Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark and home to America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens.
The Garden Club of America has called the 65 acres “the most important and most interesting garden in America”.
Centuries-old camellias bloom in the winter months and azaleas blaze on the hillside above the Rice Mill Pond in the spring. In summer, kalmia, magnolias, crepe myrtles (gotta love me some crepe myrtles) and roses accent a landscape magnificent throughout the year.
The Gardens have been planned so that there is something blooming at Middleton Place year-round.And cue.. My fave weepy trees!
This cute little abode at the waters edge had a chapel in it.
We couldn't help ourselves, but work our signature pose. Brad's such a good sport!
What a scene it was to see these massive horses walking through the fields.
While this sheep was ready for his close-up.
It could not have turned into a more beautiful day!
This was his girlfriend bathing the day away.
Farm life idyllic as can be.
Can you see the tufts of hair on the corner of their horns? That's from their constant fighting. One of them was quite pregnant, so I hope they can work out their differences before the baby comes!
Someone needs a shave.