If you have been following my post of Traveling South, you are probably thinking "What?! It took her a month to get to Charleston???" "What was she riding.....the slowest snail in the world??"
Well…. not exactly, I got side tracked. And when I did return to continue the posts, I realized there were tons of pictures to go through just for Charleston.
The second oldest city in South Carolina, (first one is Columbia) with a population of 128,000, has so much to offer, it can truly be considered as eye candy, for the amateur/hobbyist photographer. The architecture, in itself is outstanding. Then there is the plantations, the French Quarter, the Arthur Ravanel Bridge, the Bay Area Water Front, the Hunley Submarine exhibit, the Patriot Point Naval Museum, the City Market, the people..... I could go on and on. Needless to say I took a ton of pictures, therefor the next several posts will be a sampling of some of the areas visited.
Boone Hall Plantation was founded in 1681 when Englishman Major John Boone came to Charleston and established a lucrative plantation and gracious home on the banks of Wampacheone Creek. Major Boone held many local offices such as tax assessor and highway commissioner while living in Charleston and when he died his estate was divided between his wife and five children with his eldest son, Thomas, making Boone Hall his home. In 1743 Thomas planted live oak trees, arranging them in two evenly spaced rows. It would take two centuries for the massive, moss-draped branches to meet overhead, forming today’s natural corridor and the entrance to the plantation.
The plantation changed hands and ownership several times in the last 300 plus years with the final purchase made by the McRae Family in 1955.
In 1956 the plantation doors were opened to the public for tours. Boone Hall is considered one of the oldest working farms in South Carolina. It is continuously growing and producing crops. The McRae Family still owns the property, and they are constantly making improvements to the plantation.