Mt. Pleasant, SC, October 9, 2012
10.09.2012 66 °F
Mount Pleasant is a great spot to visit and that's where we headed today. There are many plantations in this area and the one we decided upon was Boone Hall. When you turn into the property the first thing you notice is a row of trees. It is called the Avenue of Oaks with 93 live oak trees that make a magnificent entrance to the plantation. On the property is the house, smoke house, row of slave houses, cotton gin and others. The plantation house is the 4th one on the site and it was built in 1936 by the 5th owners of the plantation. The oldest structure is the smokehouse which was built in 175 and is original. There are 9 slave houses in the row that did contain 27 at one time. The plantation started out with trees as its first crop, moving on to indigo, cotton and pecans. Right now they grow many different crops and just added peach trees to the mix. We had a tour of the house and then a coach tour of the grounds. At one time there were over 4000 acres, but the current holding is just over 700. We had a great time and probably could have stayed longer, but we had other places to see.
On the way to Boone Hall we passed a National Park Site that we were not familiar with. It is the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site. He was a patriot, statesman and framer of the US Constitution. Charles' career of public service began at the young age of 21. This property is part of the original Snee farm owned by Pinckney's family. The National Park Service acquired 28 acres, the only undeveloped portion of the original 1754 purchase, in 1990 and have been excavating ever since. More than 150,000 artifacts have already been removed from the site and many structures have been unearthed.
The last thing we did in Mount Pleasant today was quite unusual for me. At the Visitor's Center we found that there is a walking path that goes across the Arthur Ravenel Bridge. So we walked all the way up to the top. We didn't realize that it was 2 1/2 miles one way and we didn't have enough money in the meter, so we couldn't go all the way across. the views from the bridge were wonderful and we saw a container ship, barges, tug boats and more while on it.
The weather started out pretty poorly, but ended up being beautiful with sun and temps in the high 60s.