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Take a Plantation Tour in Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina is an east coast city known particularly for its rich heritage, stunning Antebellum architecture and festive waterfront, as the city is located on a port reaching out into the Atlantic. The city of Charleston was founded in the year 1670 as “Charles Town” in honor of England’s King at the time, King Charles II. Charles Town then became Charleston in 1783 after  the Revolutionary War. Charleston was one of the top ten biggest cities in the country from 1680 through 1840.

Charleston, South Carolina’s booming economy was based around agriculture and large, expansive plantations growing everything from rice to indigo, particularly used for dying clothing items. Plantations covered the city of Charleston and beyond, serving as places to grow and raise cash crops used in trade. If you’re looking to visit the city of Charleston, these stunning plantations can still be seen and visited today.

One of the best plantations to go and visit is the Magnolia Plantation. The Magnolia Plantation was founded in 1676, shortly after Charleston itself became a city and was a sprawling rice plantation. The Magnolia Plantation, while now functioning as a preservation of city history and tourist destination, includes 60 acres of breathtaking grounds and gardens, including a zoo, a tour of the rice fields via boat and a train tour.

Another popular plantation to go and visit while in Charleston is the Middleton Plantation. The Middleton Plantation has been family owned for over 320 years and is “America's oldest and most important landscaped gardens.” Visitors are welcome to a self-guided tour of the grounds, including the stable and house located on site. For more information and tour details on the top must-see plantations in Charleston, South Carolina, click here.

In addition to preserved plantations, some of the plantations are still used today. One breathtaking example is the Charleston Tea Plantation, home to thousands upon thousands of blooming tea bushes. The Charleston Tea Plantation, owned and operated by the Bigelow Tea Company which you may be familiar with (many of their tea products are sold by major retailers around the country), is home to the tea bushes that produce The Bigelow tea products. Admission to see the plantation is free. There is also a trolley tour available for $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under (prices subject to change) that takes you up close and personal to the plantation grounds. There is also a tour of the tea factory available for guests and tea enthusiasts who want an additional inside look. For more information on the Charleston Tea Plantation tours, click here.

Charleston, South Carolina has been named one of the best places for tourists to visit in the country and offers world-class accommodations, lodging, dining and more. Take a walk through the historic cobblestone streets past the pastel colored Antebellum houses or enjoy a day of shopping along the waterfront, the city of Charleston has something to offer everyone. A great blend of old with the new, Charleston is the perfect place to go to take in some of the country’s history and roots while relaxing amidst a plantation-filled getaway.

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