Posted June 16, 2009 by Kate Hamman
With two major wars and natural disasters, Charleston has a fascinating and tumultuous history. Discover the real value of the city's past firsthand by touring a well-preserved estate, dining at a plantation, and staying in the home of one of our founding fathers.
Drayton Hall: As one of the oldest surviving examples of Georgian-Palladian architecture left in the U.S., Drayton Hall has weathered the American Revolution, the Civil War, earthquakes, and hurricanes. Remarkably, it still stands in nearly the same condition it did when it was first built. Take a guided tour of the home that has belonged to seven generations of the plantation owners, the Draytons, or take a self-guided walk along the river and marshes surrounding the estate. Tickets cost $14 per adult.
Middleton Place Restaurant: At Middleton Place, a plantation surrounded by 65 acres of formal gardens, you can dine on lowcountry fare. Try the okra gumbo or collard greens to taste some southern home cooking. You can wander the gardens for free if you come for dinner, but during the day you'll have to pay the $25 admission fee to enjoy the lunch specials.
John Rutledge House Inn: One of only 15 remaining homes of the 55 signers of the U.S. Constitution, the Rutledge House Inn is the only one that allows you to stay the night. George Washington even called here in 1791 to have breakfast with Mrs. Rutledge. The 19 guest rooms located throughout the three buildings are decorated with period furnishings to capture the essence of a bygone era. Rooms might be pricey at $220 per night, but remember you're staying in a piece of history.
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(Photo: The Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, www.CharlestonCVB.com)
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