Middleton Place Foundation Event Calendar
Attendees of Middleton Place Special Events receive 10% off the room rate at The Inn at Middleton Place. Click here or call 843-556-0500 to reserve.
Dates: Now through October 29, 2017
Middleton Place Tue - Sun 10 am to 4 pm and Mon 12 pm to 4 pm
Edmondston-Alston House Tue - Sat 10 am to 4 pm and Sun - Mon 1 pm to 4 pm
Click for Special Art Focus Tour information.
Cost: Free with General and Middleton Place House Museum Admission
A special exhibit of her landscapes, family portraits and sketch books from private family collections never before exhibited together. Alice Ravenel Huger Smith was an author, illustrator, printmaker, painter, teacher and historian. She was a key member of a group of local writers and artists that spearheaded a dramatic cultural renewal in the 1920’s and 1930’s, now recognized as the Charleston Renaissance. She is best known for her paintings that depict the natural beauty and historical significance of the Carolina Low Country. She was also part of a close and devoted family. This special exhibit, displayed at the Edmondston-Alston House Museum and the Middleton Place House Museum, brings together, for the first time, private family collections of her art and poetry, and provides a unique perspective on her life and work.
August 21: Moon Over Middleton
Date: August 21
Time: 10:30 am - 4 pm
Cost: Free with General Admission
View the Great American Solar Eclipse at Middleton Place. Join in for fun activities and crafts throughout the day for scientists of all ages and learn from Jenny Mantini, Arts & Sciences Faculty at the College of Charleston, Astronomy, about how man’s early understanding of the cosmos shaped history. Free eclipse-viewing glass for the first 500 guests. The Middleton Place Restaurant will serve lunch outside for guests who don’t want to miss the view as the eclipse begins around 1 pm.
SEPTEMBER 10: HARVEST MOON DINNER
Date: September 10
Time: 5 - 7 p.m.
Cost: $55/person ($5 off for Foundation Members)
Tickets: Purchase Harvest Moon Dinner tickets online or call 843-266-7477
The Middleton Place Restaurant hosts an evening focused on local harvests and grains. The dinner is located at the on-site Organic Farm, allowing guests to interact with the farmers and see the organic practices first hand. Organic wines are selected to compliment the plantation dinner.
Middleton Place mixed green salad with shaved veg and roasted red pepper vinaigrette
Tomato and cucumber salad
Roasted Middleton Place Organic Farm vegetables
Roasted red potatoes
Slow smoked brisket
Collard greens with ham hock
Cornbread and rolls
(Wine, soda and tea are included)
SEPTEMBER 13: BARBADOS RUM STROLL
Date: September 13
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Cost: $35/advance ($5 off for Foundation members)
Tickets: Purchase Barbados Rum Stroll tickets online or call 843-266-7477
The Rum Trade in the Carolinas was massive in the 18th century. With close ties to Barbados, rum was certainly one of the drinks of choice in Charles Town throughout the 1700s.
Middleton Place, in partnership with the Barbados Tourism Authority, will host a Barbados Rum Stroll on Wednesday, September 13. History lovers will learn about the important role rum played in the culture of both Barbados and the American colonies. Join special guest “Rhum Chef” Paul Yellin, chef and owner of Cane Rhum Bar and Caribbean Kitchen. Guests will enjoy a number of rums from Barbados, including from Mt. Gay, the world’s oldest rum distillery and St. Nicholas Abbey, a 17th century island plantation. You’ll sample classic Bajan rum from the renowned Foursquare Distillery, operated by a fourth-generation rum-maker, as well as product from Cockspur Distillery, which has been distilling rum since 1884. Middleton Place’s historic Rum Punch and various food stations will round out a perfect evening with friends, old and new.
SEPTEMBER 14 - BACK YARD BBQ WITH COOPER RIVER BREWING
Date: September 14
Time: 6 - 9 p.m.
Cost: $60 in advance, $65 at the door
Tickets: Purchase Backyard BBQ tickets online or call 843-266-7477
The Middleton Place Restaurant has teamed up with Cooper River Brewing Company for a "Back Yard" themed bbq dinner with live music and games. Savor bbq ribs, smoked chicken and all the sides while enjoying Cooper River Brewing finest beers.
OCTOBER 7 & 8: LEISURELY PURSUITS AND GRAND ENTERTAINS
Dates: October 7 & 8
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: Free with General Admission/Free for Foundation Members
How did people amuse themselves in the 18th Century? Interactive programs and demonstrations offer an incredible range of colonial sports, games, 18th-century country dances, needlework, painting in the gardens and music.
OCTOBER 8: HUNTER MOON DINNER
Date: October 8
Time: 7 - 10 p.m.
Savor a variety of wild game meats with seasonal beers at torch and candlelit stations in the Plantation Stableyards. Warm fires, historic craft artisans in period dress and a traditional oyster roast round out the memorable evening.
NOVEMBER 11 & 12: PLANTATION DAYS
Dates: November 11 & 12
Time: 10 a.m – 4 p.m.
Cost: Free with General Admission/Free for Foundation Members
Craftworkers demonstrate the skills practiced by enslaved people as they prepared the antebellum plantation for winter. Different aspects of 18th and 19th century plantation life will be explored including domestic skills, African American culture and Gullah storytelling.
NOVEMBER 23: THANKSGIVING BUFFET
Date: November 23
Make plans to spend Thanksgiving Day at Middleton Place with a traditional buffet meal by the Middleton Place Restaurant, served among ancient live oaks in the Pavilion and a graceful sailcloth tent. Guests are invited to stroll “America’s oldest landscaped gardens” before and after dinner.
NOVEMBER 24 & 25: HOLIDAY MARKET
Dates: November 24 & 25
Cost: No admission required to shop.
The Garden Market & Nursery and Museum Shop kick-off the shopping season with an open-air market including local artisans and vendors, live musicians performing festive carols, complimentary hot cider and treats, and featured items in both shops.
DECEMBER 1 & 8: CHRISTMAS 1860 AT THE EDMONDSTON-ALSTON HOUSE
Dates: December 1 & 8
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., tours given continuously
Theatrical performers shed light on a turbulent time in Charleston just before the beginning of the Civil War. Adorned in period costumes, they reflect on the events of the day and how their lives would soon be forever changed.
DECEMBER 9: FAMILY YULETIDE IN THE STABLEYARDS
Dates: December 9
Time: 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Fresh greenery, berries and other natural items gathered from the plantation will be provided to make wreaths and other holiday decor. Stableyards artisan shops will be lit by candlelight as craftspeople ply their trades and interact with visitors. Seasonal refreshments provided.
DECEMBER 14-16: GRAND ILLUMINATION AND DINNER
Dates: December 14 – 16
Time: 6 - 8 p.m., tours given continuously
Join trained actors in period costume as they take you back to the Christmas of 1782. Dramatic presentations explore the return of Arthur Middleton from Philadelphia, the end of the Revolutionary War in the South and the departure of the British troops.