Photographer's Note

Magnolia Plantation is one of the older plantations in the area, founded in 1676. The family who founded it also owned another plantation next door. It survived as a working plantation long past the Civil War, although the gardens were opened to visitors as an income source in 1870.

The gardens used to be English formal gardens, but the owner just before the Civil War converted them, at his wife's behest, to a much more informal and jungle-like look. We were there in February, so not too much was in bloom, but they must be quite lovely in the summer. The gardens are huge, including this pond and bridge, and almost completely surround the house for quite a distance.

The plantation is well worth a visit if you are in Charleston. The old slave quarters are still there and the tour was excellent; we also took a nature tour through the grounds, which included many alligators as well as a bald eagle. Finally, the house, though not the original house (which was burned by Sherman in the Civil War), has an interesting architecture and history.

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