Last week, the old south – specifically Charleston, South Carolina welcomed me for a few days while I got to know some new people. I’ll get to what the meeting was about in just a second – but I wanted to share with you a tour of Middleton Place. I live in Boston – and though I am not a New Englander in the truest sense of the word (i.e. my family has not lived here for 3 or more generations…only just the last 10 years, so regionally, I am still considered a complete newbie) I did feel like quite the northerner as I toured my first plantation. Of course, it started with walking off the airplane (having departed from sub-freezing temps) to arrive unexpectedly to 81 deg and 100% humidity – which felt, to my unacclimated winter weary body, like I’d arrived on the surface of the sun.
The spirit of this place was instantly palpable – beyond the warmth (both in genuine hospitality and in actual points on a thermometer), there were camellias in bloom everywhere, the spanish moss was abundant and the grass — well, it was unencumbered by feet of snow – and it was green.
I spent most of my time at Middleton Place which was one of many slave powered plantations that lined the Ashley River. This is, I learned, was the cradle of the Confederate secessionist movement and was subsequently among first casualties of the Civil War. The gardens here have however been restored and date back to 1741 – making them the oldest landscape gardens in America. I hope you enjoy this photo tour!
(and don’t forget to check out the announcement at the end)
The Announcement: I’ve partnered with Troy-bilt this year and it was a meeting with them that was the cause of this trip. I do partner with brands whose products I genuinely like and whose business values agree with my own. This probably doesn’t mean a whole lot to you but it is important for you to know why you will see a few posts here and there – they will always be noted and will be tagged with #saturday6 or #sponsored. I’ll also be writing a bit for their website and newsletter (if you are interested to check that out – I’ll make sure to tweet and facebook the links when they come). You can always be assured that my opinions and offerings are as unadulterated ever and always remain my own.
Images: Rochelle Greayer
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Troy-bilt. I am not an employee of Troy-bilt and all opinions are my own.