The towering oaks, dripping with moss, that line the driveway are images I have seen in film and they, indeed, are just as impressive in real life. The tour around the plantation was interesting and the guide was knowledgeable but I did expect that I would be able to tour the house in its entirety and, most certainly, I expected the house to have been built in the 18th century not in 1935 and not privately owned! That alone restricted our ability to take pictures which, given the provenance of the house and only having viewing access of 3 rooms, would not have made me want to take any. The only saving grace and the only reason I am rating this attraction 5 stars is that Jackie the Geechee Gal gave such a wonderfully emotive presentation of Charleston's Gullah culture that I was left in tears. She was absolutely riveting in her storytelling that she combined with song and demonstrations of Gullah speech and artifacts. She transported me back in time and helped me understand how community, tradition, and hope sustained her people, brought over from West Africa, during America's darkest times...the time when enslaving and owning another human as property was sanctioned and legal. Her story bears repeating on a grander stage than the front of a slave cabin, however powerful that image was.
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