on October 2, 2006
A short drive from downtown Charleston is Middleton Place Plantation, the former home base for the Middleton family.The plantation was never a working one; instead it was kept solely for family use—anything and everything that was produced from the plantation was used by the family.There are 200 acres on one side of the road and another several thousand on the other, however your touring will be only upon the 200 acres. Still, plenty to see.As you walk amongst the lovely gardens and trails you'll see a variety of wildlife—some wren, snakes, maybe a gator, and more. You can take a 45-minute buggy tour of the grounds, tour the former residence, and visit with the artisans on site (potter, carpenter, blacksmith, etc).The fees aren't bad, and once you see the grounds you'll understand how much there is to care for. However, the tour guides are a tad repetitive, though since there's no order to the tours it's understandable. It makes for a fine day when the weather is right—be sure to bring lots of water and maybe a few snacks in your bag as time flies!
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