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McLeod Plantation Historic Site
Ranked #13 of 256 things to do in Charleston
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our tour guide with Paul was amazing. He was very passionate. My mom who walks with a cane was able to ride in the golf cart with Paul. The plantation grounds was well manicured and bathroom was clean, the cashier was friendly, the main house was very clean and full of history. Overall our trip was great. Thank you Paul for the great tour. Mom, Tracey, Val

Thank Tracey H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I stumbled upon this plantation and decided on a spontaneous visit. The plantation is rich with history, and we were lucky enough to receive a private tour from Ashley. I strongly recommend arriving early and attending a tour. You can do this plantation self-guided, but you would miss all of the fascinating details and eye opening historical accounts that the tour guides are able to impart. If you’re on the fence, make a visit and be sure to attend a tour!

Thank carriemcenery
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our guide was Olivia, and she did a great job of guiding us around this plantation. It was very interesting because she told us about life on the plantation from the enslaved peoples' point of view. Seeing the original slave cabins was compelling. This was a middle class plantation, not an upper class one. Very interesting!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I toured several plantations but McLeod Plantation is the best. Mark was our guide and gave a wonderful presentation. We highly recommend visiting McLeod Plantation.

Thank Becky S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

McCleod Plantation was exactly what we were looking for a genuine plantation. We wanted somewhere that WS authentic, we didn’t want beautiful gardens which didn’t exist at the time or a petting zoo. For us to visit a plantation we wanted to see historic information on how enslaved people lived and worked.

McCleod Plantation is small but still has the slave houses, kitchens etc to show you what it was like. The guided tours were fantastic giving history of the Plantation, our guide was Ashley who was superb, very knowledgeable and kept it all real.

We reviewed going to Magnolia Gardens or Boone Hall however, both these appear to be too commercialised, making it more of a ‘ theme park’ but what we wanted was to experience the truth and see what it was like for enslaved people.

I can not recommend this plantation enough, this and the slave market museum in Charleston are the only real ackowledgement of what went on here to millions of enslaved people - the rest of Charleston seem to ignore the slave trade as if it never happened.

So if your aim to visit a plantation is to understand what happened to enslaved people then make sure you visit McCleod but if you want a day out visit Magnolia Gardens and like Charleston loose the truth of what when on here.

5  Thank john c
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