19 July 2015

McLeod Plantation

McLeod Plantation, Charleston, SC  
I finally made it out to McLeod Plantation, the latest addition to the Charleston County Park system. I've driven by it so many times and stopped to take pictures from the street. It's wonderful to be able to explore and learn about this historic and significant piece of property. The New York Times has already done a write up on it.

In this case the picturesque row of white cottages were slave quarters and you are invited to take a look inside most of them and walk the avenue of oaks down to the river.
Established in 1851, McLeod Plantation has borne witness to some of the most significant periods of Charleston’s - and our nations - history. Today McLeod Plantation is an important Gullah/Geechee heritage site carefully preserved in recognition of its cultural and historical significance. The 36-acre plantation is a peaceful, moss-draped oasis sheltered from the hustle and bustle of James Island, just across the Ashley River from historic downtown Charleston. The grounds include a riverside outdoor pavilion, a sweeping oak allée, and the McLeod Oak, which is thought to be more than 600 years old.