In existence since 1676, Magnolia Plantation & Gardens is a journey back through time. Walking along a numbered path, you ... More
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
In existence since 1676, Magnolia Plantation & Gardens is a journey back through time. Walking along a numbered path, you will find many beautiful cypress and live oak trees along the river. The Barbados Tropical Garden, Biblical Garden, and Horticultural Maze offer a variety of landscaping styles. Don't forget to keep an eye out for wildlife. Several slave cabins and worker homes still stand on the property, and free talks are given at various times. Tickets are also available for purchase for entry to the Plantation House, the Nature Train, the Nature Boat, and Audubon Swamp Garden; all include a guided tour. For those who ride bicycles, several trails wind through the woods. Plan to spend several hours at this fascinating plantation. See their website for further information.
We were disappointed by the lack of maintenance. The Audubon Swamp was great.
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 7/12/07
Magnolia Plantation has great potential for beuaty and awe, however, the lack of maintenance was disturbing. The gardens are delapidated. There is trash (lumber, old tools, nonfuctional boats) in some parking areas and low traffic walkways.
The Audubon Swamp made the whole trip worth while! A bird watches dream! We seen everything from juvenile Black-crowned Night-herons to alligators to water snakes. The deck walk-way keeps you above the swamp and out of reach of the alligators!
The gardens are absolutely beautiful, however skip the house and walk the swamp instead. Couple of notes go in the spring or summer but not to late (August was a bit late) or most everything has already bloomed, and second take some bug spray the mosquitoes are vicious but it is worth it.
We spent the day at Magnolia Plantation and had a blast. The tours are worth the fee, which isn't at all overpriced. The guides really put the effort into their jobs and you learn so much about plantation life in the South! The swamp tour is a must. We saw tons of alligators and turtles and birds you wouldn't see anywhere else! Buy the all inclusive pass - it's worth it! Very child friendly. Take an umbrella, the sun shines brightly on Magnolia!
My husband and I visited the plantation recently, and we were both very taken with how beautiful it was.
The only extra we paid for outside of admission was the self-guided swamp tour. It was not really worth the money. We did not see any alligators or otters, just birds and turtles. Birds and turtles are fine, but I normally would not pay 14 dollars extra to see them.
Overall, the plantation grounds are beautiful and make for great picture taking, but I don't know that I would pay for any of the extras.
We only visited the gardens of the plantation and the Audubon Swamp Garden. It was a little on the expensive side - though if you had time to make it a two day visit, it would be more worth it. We loved the beautiful gardens and saw lots of critters - great blue herons, alligators, great white egrets, snakes - awesome wildlife viewing! We really enjoyed our few hours there.
If you like gardens and are interested in historic homes, this place should not be missed!! Very relaxed atmosphere. The guides that take you through the home are in authentic garb and have so much knowledge of the history of the plantation. There are picnic areas on the grounds and animals for the kids. Just a delightful place to spend several hours on a sunny day in South Carolina!
You can see what AntiBellum Mansion Living means. Priveledge had it's heyday. Beautiful grounds. My only regret is we did not see azeleas in bloom. Iris' were in bloom around the lake and it was lovely
I have read the above reviews, but I was there yesterday (11/12/06) and things have changed. It cost over $70 to see this small house with little history attached to it. A small bag of potato chips cost $3 (bottled water was $4). The admission is low enough, but you need to pay for everything past the gardens. To see the cottage house (the original mansion burnt down) is extra. The "train" is extra. Please go to the Middleton Plantation. The Magnolia gardens are overgrown, small and the land is poorly maintained. The reason behind this is the 28 year-old who runs this- Taylor Dreyton Nelson. He uses the money to support his local rock band and does not re-invest into the property. I have been to many plantations all over the south, and this was the worst.
Magnolia Plantation is gorgeous. The lawns/gardens are well maintained and beautifully landscaped.
If you plan on enjoying this plantation bring tennis shoes, a camera and plenty of time.
Can't wait to see it in the Spring.
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