Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Charleston, South Carolina

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Mar 4 ~ Mar 10
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens was established in 1676 and is the oldest public garden in the United States. It has survived for centuries, witnessing many events in the history of our country from the American Revolution to the Civil War.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens Visitors Guide

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is a must-visit for anyone who is a history buff. Travel + Leisure Magazine named Magnolia one of "America's Most Beautiful Gardens," and it's the only garden awarded with this distinction in the entire State of South Carolina. The plantation was founded in 1676 by the Drayton family and has remained in their hands for three centuries. Magnolia Plantation encompasses more than 600 acres along the Ashley River.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens opened to the public in 1870. Thousands of gorgeous flowers and plants can be found in its gardens. The property is also known as the last “large-scale romantic-style garden” in America, where Magnolia remains in sync with nature to develop a serene landscape. The house is outfitted with porcelain, early American antiques, and heirlooms from the Drayton family.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are dogs allowed?

Yes. Leashed dogs are allowed on the property, in the Audubon Swamp, and in the gardens. They are not allowed on any of the guided tours, Petting Zoo, or Gift Shop.

2. Is there a place to store luggage during the visit?

Yes. You can store your luggage in the Administrative Office.

3. Is transportation provided?

No, Magnolia Plantation does not provide transportation. However, Uber and Lyft are companies that can provide transportation to and from the Magnolia Plantation.

4. Can I take photos?

Yes. You are allowed to take personal photos. Anything concerning professional photography will require a photography fee and scheduling in advance.

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