Charleston South Carolina, has been on my bucket list for ages. I always heard wonderful things about the charm, the trees, the food, and the ambiance. Even though I was only in town for two days, I managed to squeeze in plenty of mini adventures.
Located a mere 20 minutes from Zero George Street, Boone Hall Plantation is one of America’s oldest working, living plantations. Located in the Mount Pleasant suburb near Charleston, it has been open to the public for over 50 years, but its history spans more than three centuries. Given as a land grant to Major John Boone, Boone Hall was first established in 1681.
This is a place with a rich and colorful history. I’m talking about one of those truly Southern Places, shaped by Native American, African and European influences. The ruins sit in a complex ecosystem alongside a major river, that once fed a good-sized little town, a successful textile industry, agriculture, the exchanges of commerce and a decidedly unique public citizenry.
Established in 1809, Madison is the seat and the largest town in Morgan County. Madison was incorporated in 1809 and named in honor of U.S. president James Madison, who negotiated a treaty with nearby Creek Indians. Many of the town’s original settlers had received land grants in the region as compensation for their service during the American Revolution (1775-83). The early town flourished as a stagecoach stop, and an in-town residence for planters’ families. Described before the War as “The most cultured and aristocratic town on the stagecoach route from Charleston to New Orleans”, Madison has been welcoming visitors from around the world for almost two centuries.
The town of Juliette is an unincorporated town, which was first called Glover, after Dr. Glover, who built the cotton mill near the river in East Juliette. Juliette received its name from the daughter of the engineer that built the railroad in 1882. Her name was Juliette McCracken. McCracken Street is still the name of the main street today.
Calling them gravestones simply does not do them justice. Many of the grave markers at Bonaventure Cemetery are true works of art. Sculptors worked for untold hours creating these beautiful statues and monuments. Bonaventure is more than a simple cemetery; it is an outdoor sculpture garden that has few rivals in the country.
Some days it’s like I’m an alien from another planet – no one understands me, and sometimes I don’t even get myself. I feel everything, sometimes to an extreme, and I’m less apt to intellectualize feelings. I’m essentially walking around in this world with all of the accumulated karma, emotions, and energy from others. I’m a dumping ground for everyone else’s issues and problems, which, if I’m not careful can end up as my own.
The world-famous Magnolia Plantation has been associated with the Drayton family since it’s founding in 1676. The plantation has survived the centuries and has been part of the history of our nation through the American Revolution, the Civil War and beyond. It’s also the oldest plantation site on the Ashley River.