We were heading to Savannah from Charleston on a family road trip and Middleton Place was actually 20 minutes off our route, but we are so glad we decided to vary our course to visit. This is a beautiful peek into history, park, art collection and agriculture lesson all in one. The story of the plantation is told in a measured, mindful way – not glossing over the role that the slave trade and slavery played in building up the fortunes of their white owners. It was clear that even with “kind owners” slavery was awful, the conditions were terrible, the work was backbreaking. It fed a lot of conversations with our kids on the road trip about the history of the United States and race relations in this country today. Much better than “Are we there yet?” There is an amazing maze on the property, beautiful views, and live gators. Just because. You might even recognize the property as a setting for the Mel Gibson movie “The Patriot”. There was a wedding going on while we were there and it is easy to see how this manicured, pastoral grounds would be seen as an ideal locale for an event. Go. Enjoy. Learn.
There is a restaurant on site and you can make reservations in advance.