Middleton Place

Tours

Gardens and Plantation Stableyards Self-Guided Tour, Guided Garden Overview, "Meet the Breeds" and "Beyond The Fields" Walking Tours are included in the General Admission to the National Historic Landmark.

Small additional fees are charged for guided tours of the House Museum and Carriages. Tour times subject to change. 

Gardens & Stableyards Tour (self-guided)

Begin your visit by taking the self-guided tour through America's Oldest Landscaped Gardens. Rational order, geometry and balance; vistas, focal points and surprises are all part of the garden design. Centuries-old camellias bloom in the winter months and azaleas blaze on the hillside above the Rice Mill Pond in the spring. In summer, kalmia, magnolias, crepe myrtles and roses accent a landscape magnificent throughout the year. The Gardens have been planned so that there is something blooming at Middleton Place year-round.

Continue the self-guided tour through the Plantation Stableyards which have been rejuvenated with the installation of period-correct fencing. Black locust posts and rails, define enclosures for large animals of historic breeds that are used today much as they would have been by the Middletons hundreds of years ago. Within the Stableyards, a weaver, cooper, carpenter, potter and blacksmith are at work demonstrating the skills practiced by artisan slaves at Middleton Place.

 Allow around 2 hours at a leisurely pace.


Garden Overview (30 minutes)

A trained garden interpreter leads a discussion of the garden design, history and horticulture. Tours depart from the Greensward near the Ruins.

  March-May: Daily on the hour 10 am - 4 p.m.

Translations available in Spanish, German and French.

House Museum Tour (45 minutes)

A guide will lead the tour of the Middleton Place House, built by Henry Middleton in 1755 as a gentleman’s guest quarters, is the only surviving portion of the three-building residential complex that once stood overlooking the Ashley River. The House contains an extraordinary collection of Middleton family furniture, paintings, books and documents dating from the 1740s through the Civil War.

 March 9-23: Mondays:12:00-4:30 and Tuesday – Sunday:10:00-4:30

    March 24-April 28: daily 10-4:30

"Beyond the Fields" Walking Tour (60 mintues)

Explore the lives of African American slaves and freedmen at Middleton Place and other plantations. Along the tour route, guides discuss domestic life at Eliza's House (a freedmen's dwelling), labor at the Rice Mill and Spring House, and religion and spirituality at the Plantation Chapel and slave cemetery.

 Offered daily at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

"Meet the Breeds" Guided Tour (30 minutes)

A guide will lead the tour through the Stableyards paddocks to meet different animal breeds and learn about their historical significance to Middleton Place, the local area, and the state of South Carolina. The animals located in the Stableyards are what are referred to as "Heritage Breeds" – that is, they represent the types of animals that would have been found on a plantation like this at one time or another. The types of animals found in the Stableyards were assembled by using the Middleton Place Agricultural Censuses of 1850 / 1860 and from various letters, inventories, and receipts found in the Middleton Place archives. For those interested in the animal husbandry practices of an 18th and 19th century Low Country Plantation, this tour is a must.

  March-May: daily at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.

   

Carriage Tour (45 minutes)

See this carefully preserved plantation, as the Middleton family did in the 18th century.  Board a handcrafted plantation carriage at the Visitor Center and journey through the surrounding areas of America's oldest landscaped gardens, led by an expert guide and driver.  Experience the beauty of the plantation from a carriage that travels through a lush bamboo forest into scenic woodlands and around the banks of flooded rice fields.

 Rides begin at the Visitor's Center from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (weather permitting).

Nature Walks (60 minutes)

Beginning at the Visitor Center, guests will enjoy a stroll through the perimeter of the Gardens - areas not covered by the daily Garden Overview Tours. Take in the abundant wildlife, flora and fauna on this alternate route around America's oldest landscaped gardens.

 Offered on Fridays & Saturdays (Saturdays & Sundays in February) twice daily, see Visitor Center for times (year-round except mid-June - mid-September)

Additional Stableyards Activities

Times subject to change and are dependent upon the weather.


Cow Milking in the Stableyards
- Daily at approximately 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Water Buffalo at Work - Tuesdays & Thursdays around 10:30 a.m.

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