Welcome to yet another new area of my blog called “Life in the Lowcountry.” A couple of times a month, depending on the time I have, I will be highlighting an area attraction. We live in such an amazing part of the country here in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. There is rich history, gorgeous plantations, music, theatre and lots to do with children!
To start, I want to tell you about probably one of my most favorite spots, Middleton Place. I started visiting Middleton when I was in college and my family had a beach house in Wild Dunes on the Isle of Palms. I could not wait to grab my camera and go with my mother for a leisurly day, strolling through the gardens, visiting the animals and having lunch.
A couple of years ago my friend Mindy Johnson started a clothing company called Bamboosa and we used the bamboo forest out at Middleton to shoot some of her clothing line.
MIDDLETON PLACE is a National Historic Landmark and a carefully preserved 18th-century plantation that has survived revolution, Civil War, and earthquake. It was the home of four important generations of Middletons, beginning with Henry Middleton, President of the First Continental Congress; Arthur, a signer of the Declaration of Independence; Henry, Governor of South Carolina and an American Minister to Russia; and Williams, a signer of the Ordinance of Secession.
There is so much to see and to do for the whole family out at Middleton – this is coming soon:
SHEEP AND WOOL DAYS FESTIVAL
April 26 & 27
Experience the joys of sheep and the crafts made from their wool. See sheep dog herding and sheep being sheared. Artisans will be dyeing, spinning, weaving and knitting with wool. Enjoy a vendor’s market, wine and sheep cheese tasting, traditional lamb dishes, children’s activities and more. Advance tickets are $10 (Festival only) or $15 at the gate. Tickets including Middleton Place Gardens are $25. For additional information or tickets, call (843) 266-7479.
Some of you may not be aware of the ancient and very famous live oak that Middleton is proud to house. It is breathtaking to look at and thousands of couples have been married under her branches. Recently the tree lost some of her limbs. I have been providing note cards to their museum shop for years and they love one of my Live Oak photos. If you are interested in a print please let me know! I would be happy to get you one.
As I said, weddings out at Middleton are very popular! Here is one of my brides, Gabby!
I hope you and your family can plan a day to visit Middleton Place. There is something there for everyone! Take your camera, your sunscreen and depending on the day, your bug spray! If you have been there I would love for you to add your comments and if you have never been and decide to go, please come back and tell me all about it!