McLeod Plantation Historic Site

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McLeod Plantation Historic Site

McLeod Plantation Historic Site
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Established in 1851, McLeod Plantation has borne witness to some of the most significant periods of Charleston's - and our nations - history. Today McLeod Plantation is an important 37-acre Gullah/Geechee heritage site that has been carefully preserved in recognition of its cultural and historical significance. The grounds include a riverside outdoor pavilion, a sweeping oak allée, and the McLeod Oak, which is thought to be more than 600 years old. It is a place like no other, not frozen in time but vibrant, dynamic, and constantly evolving, where the winds of change whisper through the oak trees and voices from the past speak to all who pause to listen. McLeod Plantation was built on the riches of sea island cotton - and on the backs of enslaved people whose work and culture are embedded in the Lowcountry's very foundation. It is a living tribute to the men and women and their descendants that persevered in their efforts to achieve freedom, equality, and justice. All of their stories - black and white, enslaved and free - are given their due. After years of careful research and restoration, McLeod Plantation Historic Site invites visitors to embark upon an in-depth exploration of the lives of those people whose stories are essential to understanding Charleston's complex past and helped shape who we, as a nation, are today.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Pam L
3 contributions
Interesting Geechie history from guide
Sep 2021 • Couples
John was a very interesting and informative guide. Enjoyed his insight to Gullah geechie hx. Information about plantation very interesting. Buildings were well maintained
Written 16 September 2021
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Larry0117
Redmond, WA26 contributions
Excellent guided tour
Sep 2021 • Couples
Beautiful setting and very good description and information especially about the slaves on the plantations and their plight during and after the Civil War. Excellent guided tour offered with the price of admission.
Surprising and troubling to hear the tour guide call the plantations owners "terrorists".
Written 15 September 2021
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,211 contributions
An important Gullah heritage site
Sep 2021
The McLeod Plantation on James Island near Charleston, South Carolina, is a former slave plantation that is considered an important Gullah heritage site, preserved in recognition of its cultural and historical significance to African-American and European-American cultures. Located at 325 Country Club Drive, near the intersection of Folly and Maybank roads at Wappoo Creek, which flows into the Ashley River, the site is designated as part of the federally recognized Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor in South Carolina. The corridor stretches from Wilmington, North Carolina, to Jacksonville, Florida, encompassing the Lowcountry and the Sea Islands. Enslaved people who survived the Middle Passage were imported here mostly from west and central Africa. They were forced to labor on rice, indigo and cotton plantations such as McLeod and developed the Creole Gullah/Geechee culture and language. The current plantation house was constructed about 1858 in the Georgian style. Also still remaining on the 9.2-acre property are six clapboard slave cabins, a detached kitchen, a dairy building, a pre-Civil War gin house for the long-staple cotton grown on the Sea Islands, a barn and a carriage house. The plantation was occupied by Confederate forces during most of the Civil War. The home was occupied by the McLeod family until 1900. In 2011, Historic Charleston Foundation sold the plantation to the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission. It was opened to the public in 2015.
Written 12 September 2021
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Jackie P
Ridgefield, CT4 contributions
One of the best ever
Sep 2021 • Couples
Makes you face reality/history head on. Tobie was our guide - she was awesome. You aren’t going to learn about Southern tea parties here. You are going to hear about strength and resilience
Written 11 September 2021
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wendicroft
Chester Springs, PA27 contributions
True, unfiltered tour
Aug 2021 • Family
Tony did not pull any punches on our tour and I am grateful. Talking about how enslaved humans lived and were treated should be uncomfortable. And it was. I learned so much from this tour. Eyes and heart open.
Written 27 August 2021
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requedieu
Paris, France187 contributions
A "woke" Propaganda Centre
Aug 2021
On 25 August 2021, I visited this site to learn the history about this specific plantation and its buildings, architecture, geology and so forth. I did not expect a lengthy propaganda lecture whose seemingly ONLY topic was "the enslaved peoples of colour." Predictably, the narrative omitted critical facts, like the New York Times, to create a very narrow story.

From the beginnning, it was clear the docent was ignorant of ANY of the current slavery systems which exist in Africa, Asia and elsewhere. These, by comparison, make the American South's system seem quite humane. Furthermore, the docent made no distinction between the relatively humane systems in the Carolinas versus those of Alabama, Mississippi, etc. wherein their megasized plantations frequently generated abuse.

The plantation house has a few surviving architectural features but knowledge of the same is necessary to appreciate. The slave cabin roofs had other architectural features never mentioned by this docent. He was far too busy spewing sensationalised vomit to worry about such "un-woke" details.

I have personally seen many modern slavery systems in various continents, to include the USA. Knowledge is a dangerous possession.

In summary, the propaganda camps of modern China give better indoctrination that this "woke" docent.
Written 25 August 2021
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Stacie
5 contributions
They need a weather back up
Aug 2021
Perhaps our experience was just bad timing due to the weather. There had been a lightening strike and for safety they canceled the tour that we had arrived for but told that we could see in an hour what the weather was like. We were told there was a phone app that we could listen to and there was someone in the home to give us the history.
The app did not give much detail and there was no one in the home. So basically we missed out on all the stories of the plantation as we did not have the time to wait for the next tour.
They should have a weather back up. If there was someone in the home or if someone had been available to tell the history in the gift shop that would have worked as well.
Written 20 August 2021
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Sydney
2 contributions
Best Plantation Tour in South!
Jul 2021
Toby is a phenomenal guide! She gently and accurately teaches the history of the plantation. Toby spent 15 minutes after the tour helping my teenage daughter process all she had learned. Toby encouraged her to continue to engage with this challenging past, vividly connected the importance of history to the present, and motivated her to contribute to changing the world.
Written 10 August 2021
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taylorscreed
Knoxville, TN48 contributions
Beautiful grounds
Aug 2021 • Couples
The grounds and the house are beautiful. We did a self tour with the app which was good. But it’s not like some plantations where there’s nothing in the house that you can really see no antique furniture or anything like that there’s a good history lesson to it but not a whole lot to look at. We didn’t take our teenagers which I’m kind of glad I think they would’ve gotten bored there.
Written 9 August 2021
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Amy P
Baltimore, MD10 contributions
Good history lessons and easy walking tour
Jul 2021
We loved McLeod Plantation to learn more about this era in history and to add to our Charleston experiences. It is easy to get to on James Island, easy to self navigate or take the guided tour. Also loved the gallery show inside the estate that added more history to our visit.
Written 4 August 2021
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