To visit Charleston is to step into a world that harkens back to the antebellum South. They call this land the Lowcountry, and here you’ll find life moving at a slower pace, the wind a balmy offshore breeze, and the people laidback and speaking with a hospitable and endearing Southern drawl. One of the main highlights of stepping into this richly historical place is to see it through the eyes of the Charlestonians, and there’s little better way to do it than by visiting some of the area’s beautiful and resplendent antebellum mansions and plantations.
The area at the tip of the Charleston peninsula is known as the South of Broad (since it’s south of Broad Street), and it’s here that you’ll find one of the finest residential showcases in all of the United States. Starting at Washington Square and heading down Meeting Street will give your eyes ample material, including Number 16, the Calhoun Mansion, which is the largest residential structure in the city, and open to tours daily. Hook a left at White Point Garden and you’ll find a spread of antebellum homes and historical monuments that help complete this vivid picture of the upper class of the Old South.
Charleston also offers visitors a look into the economy, culture, and lifestyle of the pre-Civil War South by way of visiting one of the area’s many plantations. The Boone Hall Plantation hails itself as America’s most photographed plantation, and the beautiful two rows of evenly spaced oaks which line the pathway leading up to the plantation house surely impresses itself firmly upon the mind. Also available for viewing are the Magnolia Plantation, founded as a rice plantation back in 1676, the Drayton Hall Plantation with its slowly winding river, Middleton Place, and the Charleston Tea Plantation.