Charleston Insider's Guide > Attractions & Tours > Houses and Plantations > Middleton Place
4300 Ashley River Road
Henry Middleton, President of the First Continental Congress, began the creation of this estate in 1741 and by 1755 had completed most of the construction. The plantation originally contained three residential buildings, two of which were destroyed during Sherman's Raid. Today the house museum is located in the only remaining residential structure which was originally designed to be guest quarters. Several generations of Middleton family furniture, paintings, and documents are on display in the house museum. The gardens on the estate are world-renowned, home to the oldest camellias planted in 1786 by a French botanist. At the Garden Market and Nursery visitors can purchase Middleton seedlings, annuals, perennials and herbs. The Middleton Oak stands on the property and is estimated at one thousand years old. Also on site is a sugarcane mill and working stables.
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