South Carolina Swamps

Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina

We have always wanted to visit Charleston, South Carolina, and I finally was able to do so earlier this year. We were there for only 3 short days and we tried to cram as much as we could into them (we probably needed an additional week). High on our must-do list was to visit a couple of southern plantations.  One of those that we made it to was Magnolia Plantation.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is a historic house with gardens located on the Ashley River and is one of the oldest in the South.  It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The attraction of the plantation (other than its buildings) are the gardens that feature a large amount of azaleas.  After getting to the plantation, we found out that we had missed the blooms by a few weeks. That was certainly in evidence as we walked through the extensive trails and saw dried-up and dead petals. The gardens are still quite beautiful, and we thoroughly enjoyed the very large Swamp Garden pictured in this image.