No trip to the Lowcountry is complete without a stop to the antebellum era plantation, Boone Hall. If staying in Charleston, Boone Hall is just on the other side of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge in Mt. Pleasant. It is one of America’s oldest working plantations, that still continues to produce crops today. To check out what type of items they have available, visit the Boone Hall Farms website. Along with crops, concerts, special events, and tours, Boone Hall is the site used in several well known films and mini-series. Shows and movies that have been filmed here include The Notebook, North and South, Queen, The Tempest, and Scarlett.
The tour of the grounds is beautiful and filled with Oaks dripping with Spanish Moss. Oh the Spanish Moss! The tour of the house is also equally as stunning, and like most house tours there is no photography allowed. Tours of the house are given in medium sized groups, and the docents are well informed. Plan on spending several hours here. There are guided tours of the house and a trolley tour of the grounds. They also have gardens, butterfly pavilion, slave quarters and educational live performances that talk about the Gullah Culture. It is a day well spent, and worth every penny.
I hope that you all had a wonderful Fourth of July, celebrating our nations 240th birthday! My fourth was nice and relaxing; filled with bbq, family, homemade ice-cream and a mini-marathon session of Call of Duty.
I thought that it was the perfect time to introduce to you Andrew Jackson’s home, The Hermitage, in Nashville, Tennessee. Jackson fought in the Revolutionary War, was orphaned by the age of 14, was a school teacher briefly, practiced law, was a General during the War of 1812, our 7th President and a “Storm of Controversy.” The Hermitage is filled with Andrew and Rachel Jackson’s artifacts and the Federal style home is beautiful. You can tour the original Hermitage, Spring House, Field Quarters, and Alfred’s Cabin. Alfred was Jackson’s cook, Betsy’s, son. He was the longest inhabitant at The Hermitage, once he was emancipated he continued to work on the farm and after Jackson’s death he stayed to work as a handyman, on the grounds. Near the cabin, are the gardens that Rachel lovingly planned out and they are quite picturesque and so nice to stroll through. In the garden is a small graveyard, where Alfred is buried and the tomb where Rachel and Andrew Jackson are buried. Jackson would spend the rest of his life at The Hermitage, after is presidency came to an end, for here is where he truly felt at peace.
The Hermitage is a perfect place to spend a few hours, or several, of your next Fourth of July, or to go to if you are ever in the Nashville area. Make sure to check out their events page, for all of the wonderful activities that are available with paid admission, onto The Hermitage grounds.