What are plantations? Plantations can be defined as large farms in the colonies that used the enforced labor of slaves to harvest cotton, rice, sugar, tobacco and other farm produce for trade and export. Crops were planted on a large scale with usually just one major plant species growing. The reason that plantations sprang mostly up in the South was due to the geography and climate as farmers found there fertile soil, hilly coastal plains, forests, long rivers and swamp areas. Mild winters and hot, humid summers made it possible to grow crops throughout the year and was ideally suited for plantations which grew mostly cotton, tobacco, rice, and sugar cane.
The Low Country, as we call this area here around Charleston SC, is rich on history and still has many plantation, some open to the public and highly popular for visitors from all around the world.
The list below is not a complete summary of all the plantations in our area, but a good start and will definitely give you an idea of the most popular ones. Many of these plantations have still plantation homes, offer tours and have venues for festivities such as weddings, music and theater performances.
+ Charleston Tea Plantation + Hampton Plantation + Boone Hall Plantation + Middleton Plantation + Magnolia Plantation + Oakland Plantation + Cypress Garden Plantation + McLeod Plantation + Drayton Hall Plantation + Lowndes Grove Plantation + Mulberry Plantation + Hopsewee Plantation
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