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: February 1 - 29
Cost: programming is free with General Admission
Celebrate Black History Month at Middleton Place with Beyond The Fields Walking Tours and view Eliza’s House where an exhibit focusing on the daily lives of slaves and their work “beyond the fields” is on display.
Rice & Slavery: The Connection That Made the Low Country
February 13 | 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm (30 minute program)
The convergence of West African rice expertise production and European advances in agricultural production and technologies created South Carolina’s first great agricultural staple. Rice production not only provided a means of economic and political stability for the Low Country’s aristocracy, but at the same time, helped to develop a wholly unique African-American society – called Gullah – that would live on long after the crop’s demise.
Many aspects of the rice industry in the South Carolina Low Country will be discussed, its origins, planting, cultivating, economic and cultural impact. Costumed interpreters will demonstrate and discuss the varied steps used in processing, Threshing (the removal of the rice from the stalks), Winnowing or Fanning (separating the rice from the chaff and the hulls), Pounding (removing the hull off of the rice), and Polishing (removing the bran from the rice).
Material Culture of Slavery: The Utilitarian and Symbolic Use of Slave Made and Used Objects
February 27 | 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm (30 minute program)
Human beings spend their lives surrounded by things. Sometimes these objects are utilitarian – such as the dishes we eat out of or the chair we sit in. Others may represent something more unique and personal, like a gift from a family member or loved one. Still others reflect the society in which we live or the values and beliefs we hold dear. In each case, the objects we use say something about us and our identity.
By looking at the objects associated with, used by, and made by enslaved people, one can use them as a prism for understanding both the complex institution that was American slavery and the individual experiences of the people caught within it.
Date: Saturday, February 6
Time: 1 p.m.
Price: free to the public
Beauty & History: Celebrating Camellias at Middleton Place - Workshop
Master Gardener and Middleton Place VP of Horticulture Sidney Frazier will lead a workshop discussing growing camellias, from propagation to care beginning at 1 p.m. in the Middleton Place Garden Market and Nursery.
Workshop is free to the public, however reservations are required. Please call 843-556-6020 for reservations.
Dates: Tue, Thu, & Sat, February 9 – March 19
Time: 11 a.m.
Cost: free with General Admission (advance reservations required)
Tickets: Click here to purchase Camellia Walks tickets 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.
Date: Friday, March 4
Time: 2 - 5 p.m.
Tickets: Tickets available here from the Wine + Food Festival Site >>
Get out of downtown and let us take you on a journey to Middleton Place, a historic plantation situated on the banks of the Ashley River and boasting a most impressive collection of America’s oldest gardens. Winemakers will be sprinkled throughout the stunning, ever-blooming property, ready to greet you as you roam the grounds at your own leisurely pace. Light fare from regional artisans will be sprinkled about to keep your curiosity piqued. Complete your exploration in Middleton Pavilion where a flock of award-winning chefs await. Keep an eye out for the roaming peacocks and be sure to keep your glass full!
Dates: Wednesdays, March 23 - May 25
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $25/online and at event ($20/Foundation Members)
Weekly Wine Strolls began as a way for visitors to experience Middleton Place in a different light and a more relaxed atmosphere. Wine Strolls invite patrons to drink in the natural beauty of “America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens. Each week, samples of specially selected wines from around the world are chosen by the Middleton Place Restaurant. A different wine region and beautiful garden location in bloom will be chosen each Wednesday. Light nibbles, such as cheese, crackers and crudité, will be served. Wine Stroll guests receive 10% off of dinner at the Middleton Place Restaurant.
Extend the evening with dinner at the Middleton Place Restaurant. For Restaurant reservations, call 843-266-7477.
Date: Saturday, March 26
Time: begins at 10 a.m.
Cost: free with general admission (advance reservations are requested)
Tickets: Click here to purchase Easter Eggstravaganza tickets online >>
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.
Dates: Saturday & Sunday, April 23 & 24
Times: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 - 3 p.m. (weather permitting)
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.