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Charlotte, North Carolina
March 26, 2005
Thomas Stone built Boone Hall in 1681. One of the many people who owed the house was Major John Boone, for whom the house was named. It served as a private plantation for many years. Eventually everyone moved out, leaving the beauty to fade away. But in 1934, the McRae family purchased the home and set about restoring her to her former glory. In 1959, they opened it to the public for tours. The family still owns the plantation.
The plantation used to produce cotton and pecans. Today, they produce strawberries, tomatoes, and pumpkins, among others. Today, you can pick your own produce or purchase it from one of the stands. It stands as the oldest working plantation in the nation.
You can tour the first level of the house, and you do have to take a tour to be in the house. The rooms are beautifully decorated with the family’s antiques and personal items. The first room you walk into is the family room, and it is huge. Walking around, you get a feel for what the life of a wealthy plantation owner must have been life. The guides are dressed in period costumes. Some of the guides that were there were high-school students. They offer students a chance to work in the summer, but you must have high grades in order to work here. The tours of the house last about 30 minutes.
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From journal Charleston, the grand dame of the South
by Ron Riggs
June 26, 2004
From journal Charleston, SC in June
by Mary Dickinson
May 10, 2004
Several tours are offered. We took the wagon ride tour around the grounds. People are allowed to pick their own fruits and vegetables in the orchards and fields. We went into a wooded area on a dirt road and saw an old building that had been used as the general store in the N&S. Other scenes in that movie were pointed out. The driver explained the term low country. It means places where swamps are present in the wooded areas. That area was definitely low country. Wampancheone Creek, a tributary of the Cooper River, runs through the property. Before the Civil War, cotton and rice were floated by barge down that tidal waterway to Charleston.
Bricks were produced at Boone Hall Plantation before the Civil War and many famous buildings in Charleston were made from them. The slave quarters at Boone Hall were also built from their own brick. They were used in several scenes in N&S and Queen. A Gullah lady was making a sweet grass basket near the slave quarters. She had several for sale. I bought one with a handle that was made to look like an antique serving dish. She said all the materials used in her baskets were grown right there on the plantation.
The former cotton gin house is now used as a restaurant. We decided to have lunch there. They offer low country cooking, good but a little pricey. Few scenes were shot in the main house. Many were filmed on the porch in front. It was exciting to sit there waiting for our tour to go through. > Gone With The Wind, The North and the South and Queen were all filmed at the same location, Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Although opened for tours, it is still a 738-acre working farm with orchards and crops. Lofty limbs of live oak trees covered with Spanish moss form a canopy over the long driveway approaching the main house as seen in Twelve Oaks in GWTW and Mt Royal in the N&S. The present mansion, built in 1946, is nothing like the one that was there before the Civil War. The former one was not much better than the slave quarters that are still in place next to the driveway. The plantation dates back to 1681.
The former cotton gin house is now used as a restaurant. We decided to have lunch there. They offer low country cooking, good but a little pricey. Few scenes were shot in the main house. Many were filmed on the porch in front. It was exciting to sit there waiting for our tour to go through. The North and The South is one of my favorite movies. I could imagine Patrick Swayze gallantly riding up on a fine horse. Also offered is a tour of the antique rose garden on the side of the house. The North and the South is one of my favorite movies. I could imagine Patrick Swayze gallantly riding up on a fine horse. Also offered is a tour of the antique rose garden on the side of the house.
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Bordering the avenue of oaks are nine original slave cabins, which housed the plantation's house servants and skilled craftsmen, known as Slave Street. Boone Hall's Slave Street is one of the few remaining intact in the Southeast.
We purchased tickets at $5/each to board the shaded, open-air coach tour. We started at the fields that were planted with cotton, one of the earliest crops, continued past masses of wildflowers, pecan groves, and down a road of commercial and U-Pick strawberry fields, tomato fields, and peach orchards. Along the way we saw some species of wildlife that call the southern wetlands of Boone Hall home.
If you are interested in any of the southern history, Boone Hall is a great place to visit. We spent about four hours, which included the two tours visiting Boone Hall Plantation.
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From journal A whirlwind Labor Day weekend in Charleston
March 31, 2001
Founded at Christ Church Parish in 1681 by Major John Boone, this plantation once encompassed 17,000 acres. Today there are 738 acres under plantation control.
You enter off Highway 17 down a dirt road to the plantation entry where you pay $10.50 to enter. The road has remained dirt to keep things as close to original as possible. The day before we went, it had rained and that dirt road was now a clay road, slippery as snot. This takes you down the Avenue of the Oaks, planted in the 1700's. The parking area is off to the right behind the Cotton Gin House. The Cotton Gin House is now the Plantation Kitchen/Restaurant on the second floor, and of course a gift shop on the first floor. The Commissary,(formerly a school)now has vending machines and restrooms.
The Gate to the Plantation House passes through a serpentine brick wall made of brick manufactured from the abundent clay at the plantation. The facade of the house is not too impressive,this house was actually built in 1934, on the site of the original home.T ours of the first floor are offered by costumed tourguides, and are scheduled on the hour and half hour. While the tour of the house was interesting, I was much more interested in the surrounding grounds. Besides the Avenue of the Oaks and the beautiful gardens, Boone Hall Plantation is famous for some of the last remaining slave cabins in the United States.
A sign on the left side of the road points out Slave Street. Here remain nine of the original 27 slave cabins where House Slaves and Skilled Slaves lived. These Brick structures are currently under renovation as Hurricane Hugo damaged them severely. Cabin # 4 is open however. Slave Street will certainly direct your attention back to a more ominous time in our history. If the elite of the slave system lived here, what was life like for the field hands picking cotton several miles away,living in wood shacks?
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From journal Charleston,A Friendly Old City