Middleton Place plantation, Dorchester County, South Carolina, 15 miles from Charleston, June 11, 2012
For our 40th anniversary, we took a road trip to Charleston, South Carolina. While there, among other things, there we explored plantations as well as antebellum homes in the city.
Built in several phases during the 18th and 19th centuries, the Middleton Place plantation was the primary residence of several generations of the Middleton family, many of whom played prominent roles in the colonial and antebellum history of South Carolina. The plantation, now a National Historic Landmark District, is used as a museum, and is home to the oldest landscaped gardens in the United States. (Wikipedia)
While exploring the grounds at Middleton Place, we came across our first South Carolina alligator. It was actually not very big, but we still kept our distance.
The Gardens, which Henry Middleton envisioned and began to create in 1741, reflect the grand classic style that remained in vogue in Europe and England into the early part of the 18th century. The principles of André Le Nôtre, the master of classical garden design who laid out the gardens at Vaux-le-Vicomte and the Palace of Versailles were followed. Rational order, geometry and balance; vistas, focal points and surprises were all part of the garden design. (Middleton Place website)
This statute was one of four, with each set at one of the corners of a hidden grassy square in the gardens.