Middleton Place National Historic Landmark is a place where the past greets the present on garden paths more than a quarter millennium old
Ever see Carolina Gold, which is known as rice in the Lowcountry?
It’s right here in the Lowcountry at Middleton Place. A National Historic Landmark, home to the oldest landscaped gardens in America and an enduring, vibrant, and essential part of the Charleston and American experience, Middleton Place is owned and operated by the Middleton Place Foundation.
Nestled along the Ashley River, Middleton Place’s 110 acres include 65 acres of America’s oldest landscaped gardens, a House Museum, Plantation Stableyards, Restaurant, Inn and Organic Farm.
General Admission includes access to 65 acres of formal Landscaped Gardens, a look at 18th and 19th-century plantation life with costumed craftspeople and historic animal breeds in the Plantation Stableyards and the following complimentary Guided Walking Tours:
Garden Overview – A Garden Guide leads a discussion of the garden design, history, and horticulture. 30 minutes.
Meet the Breeds – Meet different heritage animal breeds and learn about their historical significance to Middleton Place and the Low Country. 30 minutes.
Beyond the Fields – Explore the lives of the enslaved and freedmen with discussions of domestic life, labor, religion, and spirituality. 60 minutes.
Inspired by the recipes and spirit of former resident chef and renowned southern chef Edna Lewis, The Middleton Place Restaurant offers traditional Low Country favorites made from fresh, local, seasonal, and organic ingredients, harvested fresh from the on-site organic farm and gardens.
Henry Middleton, the second son of Arthur Middleton and Sarah Amory, was born near Goose Creek on the original land grant received by his grandfather Edward, who emigrated from England via Barbados. When his father died in 1737, twenty-year-old Henry inherited his home place, The Oaks in St. James Parish, and another 1600 acres of land on the Cooper River.
Like his father before him, Henry became an influential political leader in the colony. He served as Speaker of the Commons, Commissioner for Indian Affairs and a member of the Royal Governor’s Council until he resigned his seat in 1770 to become a leader of the opposition to British policy. He was chosen to represent South Carolina in the First Continental Congress and on October 20, 1774, was elected its second President.
Enslaved African Americans worked and lived at Middleton Place, and they made the way of life and the economic empire a reality. The Beyond the Fields tour introduces visitors to the institution of slavery and the lives lived by enslaved Africans and African Americans – both slave and free – who labored at Middleton Place and other plantations throughout the South. It explores their personal and family lives, their faith, their leisure activities and the extraordinary cultural contributions they and their descendants made, and continue to make, to modern day America. Their story is a testament to the strength of the human spirit.
4300 Ashley River Road
Charleston, SC 29414