Known as “Frew's Folly” for the extravagance of the owner who built it, this plantation house is a beautiful ... More
Known as “Frew's Folly” for the extravagance of the owner who built it, this plantation house is a beautiful example of the rich gentleman's life of the early 19th Century. Occupied by several rich families and their slaves in succession, the house has many a tale to reveal. Tours of the area promote this heritage and educate folks about the lifestyles of their probable ancestors. Stroll through the beautiful gardens amid the trees, barns and outbuildings, and look at the old wash-house that was once full of suds and chatting women. A myriad of events like tea-parties, fund-raisers and candle-light tours take place here as well.
I've been to several plantations in the south, this was not one of them. I did learn that it was never a real working plantation as it had no cash crop and they have no idea where the name came from. The young lady who led our tour was very new at it and just about every other comment from her was "if you give me your email address I will research your question and let you know." They still have a lot of work to do on restoring the "plantation". Maybe in a few years it will be worth the $5.00 admission.
The tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable about the history of Charlotte as well as the home's family and architecture. I highly recommend this tour and look forward to returning when the gardens are in bloom.
I would guess the previous reviewer did NOT go on a tour of the house. It dates to 1815 and was a family home well into the 20th century. The tour is most informative of the history of the area as well as the history of the house. Highly recommended.