Magnolia Plantation is one of the oldest plantations in Charleston. It was established in 1679 by Thomas and Ann Drayton and has been owned by their descendants for over 300 years. It was used during the Colonial era for rice cultivation and saw the American Revolution fought on its grounds.
In the 1830s, John Grimké Drayton inherited the plantation at the young age of 22. An Episcopalian minister, he not only maintained a rectory at St. Andrews Church–which has served Charleston parishioners since 1706–but also created the extensive gardens the plantation boasts today. In addition, he is credited for introducing the first azaleas to America, as well as being one of the first to utilize the beautiful Camellia japonica (Japanese Camellia) in an outdoor garden. While Magnolia Plantation has several stunning examples of its namesake, the Southern Magnolia, the azaleas and Camellias established by Grimké Drayton primarily brought its horticultural fame.
Open 365 days a year, Magnolia Plantation is a Lowcountry treasure. Visited by people of all ages from all over the world, it features a petting zoo, nature tours, the Peacock Cafe, and the Audubon Swamp Garden, named after John James Audubon, who visited the plantation during the Antebellum period. Known for its beauty and charm, it’s no wonder that it’s a popular spot for weddings as well.
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