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Friday, September 12, 2008

Boone Hall Plantation

By Jennifer Hudson Taylor

Boone Hall Plantation is one of the most well known plantations of the south, used in the filming of North and South and Nicholas Sparks' The Notebook. Founded in 1681 by John Boone, the first wooden structure was built in 1790. The current structure wasn't built until the early 20th century.

Traditionally an antebellum cotton and pecan plantation, Boone Hall is one of the oldest working plantations in America, still producing crops of peaches, strawberries, tomatoes, pumpkins and many other fruits and vegetables. The McRae family purchased the plantation in 1955 and opened it up to the public for tours in 1956.

A breathtaking view of the Avenue of Oakes leads to the front of the main plantation house down the drive of a least three quarters of a mile. These oaks were planted in 1743 by John Boone's son. And over 250 years later, stand thick trees towering over the drive with Spanish moss hanging from the limbs and through the leaves.

Nine original slave cabins still exist, some that have been restored date back between 1790-1810. A smoke house dates back to 1750 and a cotton gin house around 1853. Beautiful gardens exist with a corn maize. Boone Hall Plantation is a beautiful sight to behold and a great historical site to see.


Wonderful post, Jennifer, thank you. We haven't had an opportunity to visit Boone Hall yet. What a mistake! We'll have to go during our next trip to the Charleston area.

Very beautiful pictures. Still hard to believe that slavery was condoned for so long. Just sad.


You have to go visit. It's a wonderful place to see and full of history.

Yes, it is sad that slavery was condoned for so long. Thanks for stopping by.