I spent a day and a half in Charleston before heading to Columbia on business. Each trip I make I take in a little bit of King Street and a plantation. This trip was Magnolia Plantation! It's a huge property! I can't imagine how this place looks in the spring and fall - amazing, I'm sure! Despite the wintery conditions, I had a great time exploring the grounds. The house is lovely and I just love how it's positioned within the property. Hard to believe, but there were still a good number of flowering plants with blooms and berries! A few statues - though not as many as you would think for such big gardens and a little gazebo. Because every plantation needs a gazebo!
We took a tour that drove us all around the property - loved our driver, had a very dry sense of humor and would toss out a real zinger that you'd miss if you weren't really listening. Saw lots of birds, and only one alligator ... only. Apparently there a LOT on the property (eek!). I'm OK with just one, really OK! Did you know they build those platforms for sunning gators?
They have two lovely bridges - apparently very popular with the weddings they hold on site. Wouldn't it be lovely to be out there feeling a little Scarlett O'Hara?
But the MOST impressive part of the plantation are the trees. H U G E oak trees. With enormous branches dipping down into the ground and then back up again creating the most graceful arches and leafy canopies. The trunks of these trees are massive!