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Charleston-Days Out

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A January 2005 trip to Charleston by zabelle

Our Guide Photo, Charleston, South Carolina More Photos
Quote: As fabulous as downtown Charleston is, only minutes away you will find some very historic plantations, as well as Fort Sumter, where our Civil War began.

Charleston-Days Out

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Overview

Our Guide Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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Historic downtown Charleston has enough to keep you busy for at least three days--possibly more. By allowing ourselves four full days, we had enough time to visit some places beyond the city limits. Middleton Place - Even though the main house was closed in January, there was enough to see between the gardens and the grounds to keep us entertained for several hours. Plan to have lunch here as well, since their restaurant is first-class. Angel Oak - Located on Johns Island, this ancient oak is a tribute to the perseverance of this mighty tree. Make sure that you pick up a copy of the Historic Charleston Visitor’s Guide Map, it has Angel Oak clearly marked on it. ...Read More

Middleton Place Restaurant

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Middleton Place Restaurant Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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The Plantation Luncheon is served from 11am to 3pm daily. It is a three-course prix-fixe meal for $13.95. First-Course Choices:She crab soupOyster Stew Okra GumboPlantation Salad Main Course:Middleton Sliced Beet SaladBBQ ShrimpRoast Hen QuarterCarolina Pulled Pork Rosie's PilausPlantation Meat PiePan Seared Skirt Steak Salad Dessert:Strawberry ShortcakePecan PieSweet Potato PieHuguenot Torte There are certainly some interesting choices. I chose the she crab soup, barbeq...Read More

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Middleton Place Restaurant
4300 Ashley River Road
Charleston, South Carolina 29414
(843) 556-6020

Angel Oak Tree

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Attraction | "Angel Oak"

Angel Oak Tree Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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It takes real determination to visit Angel Oak. Talk about your being off the beaten track! It is on John’s Island, and that in itself wouldn’t be so bad, but the signs are almost nonexistent. Now, I’m sure you are wondering why in the world you would want to drive out of the city to see an oak tree. This is no regular oak tree. It is a monument to determination. Long before the white man settled the Low Country, this oak was standing. It’s nearly impossible to determine its exact age, but estimates have suggested that 1,400 years old is not out of the question. The trunk of Angel Oak is 25 1/2 feet around and it stands 65 feet tall, but more amazing still is that its canopy is over 17,000 squa...Read More

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Angel Oak Tree
3688 Angel Oak Road
John's Island, Charleston 29455
(843) 559-3496

Fort Sumter National Monument

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Attraction | "Fort Sumter"

Fort Sumter National Monument Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began, is a must-visit for any history buff. The fort is located on an island in Charleston Harbor and can only be visited on a tour. Managed by the National Park Service, tours leave the pier adjacent to the North Carolina Aquarium at 11am and 2:20pm. These are the winter hours, and I am sure there must be more visits during the warm months. The trip takes a half-hour each way, and we are allowed 1 hour to visit the fort itself and the museum. You purchase your ticket at the information building and then pass through to the Spiritline Ship. In warm weather, as many as 385 people crowd aboard, but on an overcast day in January, it was closer to 50. Ther...Read More

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Fort Sumter National Monument
1214 Middle St
Sullivan's Island, South Carolina 29482
+1 843 883 3123

Magnolia Plantation

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Drayton Family Tomb Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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Magnolia Plantation 3550 Ashley River Rd Charleston Located just ten miles from downtown Charleston, a visit to Magnolia Plantation offers the opportunity to savor the quieter, more gentle time of the antebellum South. This is a plantation with a long family history, extending back over 300 years. Not to imply that a visit here is all about yesterday; nothing could be further from the truth. While history will always be a part of the charm of Magnolia Plantation, the conservation of the black water swamp and the accessibility of the Audubon Swamp Garden make it a v...Read More

Middleton Place

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Middleton Place Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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Middleton Place 4300 Ashley Rd. Charleston Located about half an hour outside Charleston, Middleton Place is home to the oldest landscaped gardens in America. Thought to be looted and burned by Union soldiers, one section of the house has been restored and contains several fine family portraits. Imagine our surprise when we were told that the house was closed for their annual cleaning. Joe had purchased a combination ticket mainly so that he could visit the house. Here again is an excellent example of phoning ahead to make sure a venue is open when you plan to vis...Read More