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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.

February 10 - March 21: Camellia Walks

Dates: Tue, Thu, & Sat, February 10 – March 21, 2015
Time: 11 a.m.
Cost: free with General Admission (advance reservations required)
Tickets: Click here to make Camellia Walks reservations online >>

Special guided tours focus on camellias throughout the original gardens as well as the "new" camellia garden of the 1950s. Admire hundreds of varieties, including the 1786 Reine des Fleurs, one of the first camellias planted in America. Ticket includes general admission to Middleton Place. Tours begin at the Garden Market & Nursery and last approx. 1½ hours.

March 14: Tangled Up in Blue: Indigo Dyeing program

Date: Saturday, March 14
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: Free with General Admission

Indigo, a plant that produces a blue dye, was an important part of South Carolina’s 18th century economy.  Grown commercially from 1747 to 1800, it was second only to rice in export value.  By the end of the Revolutionary War indigo replaced rice as the main cash crop of the Carolina Low Country and was the main product of Wassamsaw plantation, one of the Middleton family’s earliest land acquisitions. 

During the program, skeins of wool sheared from the Middleton Place sheep, as well as various types of cloth, will be dyed in vats of indigo by costumed interpreters in the Plantation Stableyards. Additionally some of the indigo-dyed wool will be available for purchase in the following weeks in the Middleton Place Garden Market and Nursery.

March 20: Cashmere Comes from a Goat?: Combing Out the Cashmere Program

Date: Friday, March 20
Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
Cost: Free with General Admission

Cashmere is a goat’s soft, downy undercoat, grown to its maximum length by mid-winter and shed in early Spring. All goats grow cashmere, but Cashmere goats have been selectively bred to produce significantly larger amounts. Cashmere goats are just one of many heritage breeds known to have been at Middleton Place. In 1855, Williams Middleton wrote the following to J.F. Fisher:  “I have lately sent to France some of the hair of my goats to have it manufactured by way of curiosity, and I am succeeding so well with my animals that I have sent to England for three of the Queen’s Windsor Park goats.  I believe that no part of the world is better suited than this for such productions.” 

During the program, costumed interpreters will “comb out” the Middleton Place Cashmere goats in the Plantation Stableyards. In addition, the hair will be processed and the ways it can be spun and woven will be demonstrated.

April 4: Easter Eggstravaganza

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015
Time: begins at 10:30 a.m.
Cost: free with general admission (advance reservations are requested)
Tickets: Click here to reserve and purchase admission for Easter Eggstravaganza >>

Bring a basket for the egg hunts which will take place in the Gardens. Once found, the hard-boiled eggs can be taken to the Stableyards to be dyed. Additionally, children play colonial games, participate in the Egg Roll and Egg Toss, hear classic stories and make Easter crafts. Beyond the Eggstravaganza activities, families may linger at Middleton Place and delight in the day's regular activities all afternoon.

Middleton Place Foundation Members and Inn guests should call 843-556-6020 for reservations.

April 24 & 25 - "Hands On" Rice Planting

Dates: Friday & Saturday, April 24 & 25, 2015
Times: 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Cost: Free with General Admission 

Join a costumed interpreter and learn how Carolina Gold rice was planted on Low Country plantations and about the African origins of rice and its cultivation in South Carolina in the 18th and 19th centuries. Traditional methods will be employed beginning with the spring planting through the fall harvest.

May 2: Annual Sheep Shearing

Date: Saturday, May 2
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost: Free with General Admission

The Middleton Place Gulf Coast sheep receive an annual shearing during a demonstration using traditional steel blade shears in the Plantation Stableyards. Costumed interpreters will be on hand to educate visitors about the Gulf Coast breed, shearing, and wool processing.

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