Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens

Located in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens is one of the oldest working plantations in the United States. Every year, thousands of visitors explore Boone Hall’s rich history that dates back to 1681. Photo: Photo: spiritofamerica/Fotolia

»History

History


In 1681, Theophilus Patey gave his 470 acres of land as a wedding gift to his daughter Elizabeth and her husband Major John Boone. Although it’s uncertain when a house was officially built on the land, Patey’s gift to the newlyweds is when his acreage was named Boone Hall. Major John Boone was a prominent member of South Carolina society, as he was one of the first people to settle in that area. After Boone’s death, Boone Hall was divided among Elizabeth and their five children. Elizabeth and John’s oldest son, Thomas, primarily oversaw Boone Hall.

From Thomas’ ownership until 1811, the ownership of Boone Hall remained within the family. But, sometime in the early 1800s, Henry and John Horlbeck purchased Boone Hall from the Boone family. The Horlbeck brothers were known as primary brick builders in the Charleston area. Thus, they used Boone Hall as a brick plantation in which around 85 slaves produced more than 4,000,000 bricks annually. Until the early 1900s, the Horlbeck brothers continued to expand the plantation by building the Avenue of Oaks, plantation house, and pecan trees.

In 1935, Canadian Thomas Stone purchased Boone Hall Plantation. With the intent to make a more luxurious and elegant home, Thomas and his wife Alexandra rebuilt the original house. To expand on the Horlbeck brothers’ developments within the pecan industry, the Stones dedicated approximately 200 acres to pecan farming. In order to gain electric power more efficiently, the Stones even built their own electrical plant near the local rivers.

In 1940, prince Dimitri Jorjadze from Georgia and his wife Audrey purchased Boone Hall. During Jorjadze’s ownership, the plantation was primarily used as a horse stable and racing ground. One of the horses Jorjadze took care of and raced was Princequillo. During the early 1940s, Princequillo was known as the United States’ fastest distance horse runner. In 1945, Dr. Henry Deas purchased the plantation. Ten years later, Deas sold Boone Hall to the McRaes. Harris M. and Nancy McRae devoted a portion of the land to peach farming, and opted to allow the public to tour the plantation only one year after they purchased it. Photo: Jill Lang/Fotolia

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»Attractions

Attractions


Boone Hall Plantation has an array of historical attractions including the house and slave cabins. Although we can describe the details of each attraction, you should stop by Boone Hall and see why it was named the number one plantation in Charleston by USA Today!

The Gullah Theater is an entertaining, yet educational enriching, experience in which visitors have the opportunity to learn about the history and culture of African slaves, Boone Hall, and South Carolina.

The Mansion is the house that Thomas Stone and his wife built during the 1930s. Throughout the Mansion, visitors will be able to explore Georgian architecture and transport themselves back in time to Boone Hall’s origins in 1681. It’s important to note that in order to view the mansion, visitors are required to participate in a guided tour.

Plantation Coach is an opportunity for visitors to view the entire plantation. Plantation Coach is a motorized tour in which visitors travel across the whole property, which is 738 acres large. Throughout the ride, visitors will learn an immense amount of geographical, cultural, and historical information about Boone Hall and the people who worked and lived there.

Black History in America is located among eight of the slave cabins and features the history of African Americans.

Slave Street and History is a presentation in which visitors learn about the daily lives, culture, and history of the slaves that lived and worked at Boone Hall.

Garden allows visitors to explore all of the horticultural features of the front lawn at Boone Hall. Like many other attractions, visitors are required to participate in a guided tour.

Butterfly Pavilion is located near the gardens and allows visitors to immerse themselves within a variety of butterflies. Photo: thierry/Fotolia

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»Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities

Boone Hall offers a variety of educational opportunities. While exploring any of the attractions at Boone Hall is an educational opportunity in itself, Boone Hall offers more intensive and explorative programs, such a specialized tours, classes, and workshops.

For more information about any of the educational opportunities at Boone Hall, check out the plantation’s official website, or contact them during their hours of operation.

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1235 Long Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, website, Phone: 843-884-4371 Photo: lukas555/Fotolia

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Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens, South Carolina


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