Thursday, June 13, 2013

Touring Magnolia Mansion in Charleston, SC

Magnolia Mansion, Charleston, SC
Magnolia Mansion, Charleston, SC
The next morning after arriving in Charleston, we headed over to the Visitor Center to meet our tour guide, Bob (who was a GREAT tour guide), from Charleston Tours.  We had purchased Tour F: Magnolia Plantation & Gardens Tour & Charleston City Tour.  In this post I will talk about the Magnolia Mansion.
Magnolia Mansion was founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Low country, and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens. – From the Magnolia Plantation Website 
Magnolia Mansion, Charleston, SC

 We were so excited to go on this tour, I love history, architecture and now that I am older, I love to look at gardens too.  Nadia was just excited to go on a tour.  The bus drove us out to where the Plantations were located, about an hour away from the city.  We dropped off the group going to the Middleton Place and continued heading to the Magnolia Mansion.

Garden Maze at Magnolia Mansion, Charleston, SC
Garden Maze
When we arrived we were able to use the restroom, go into the gift store, walk around the gardens and grab some lunch before we had to meet for the Nature Train ride.  They had a petting zoo, where deer were walking around freely and we got to pet them.  There were also some miniature horses and a donkey in the pasture.  The grounds were just beautiful.

Petting Zoo at Magnolia Mansion, Charleston, SC

 It was time to meet for the Nature Train.   Our group got together and we stayed with our tour guide for the rest of the trip.  The Nature Train was a tram ride that took us through the grounds and into the swamp area.  We saw birds, banana spiders and alligators.

Swamp Tour at Magnolia Mansion Charleston, SC
Swamp Tour
After the Nature Train ride we did a garden walk tour.  We walked through a green house and out towards the back of the home a long the water and then around to the front.  Very very beautiful.  I would love to have a garden like that!

Charles Kuralt Magnolia Mansion Charleston, SC

It was now time to go inside the Mansion.  Of course, no pictures could be taken, but it was really nice inside and very interesting.

Burial Place of John Drayton Hastie, Magnolia Mansion, Charleston, SC
John Drayton Hastie's cremated remains are actually buried inside this tree!
After the tour was over we all got back in the bus and headed over to Middleton Place to pick up the rest of the tour to head back to the visitors center to continue on to the City Tour.

Below is my newest book that is available on Amazon that was written about this road trip along with some added bonuses

Below is my first travel guide