A canopy of live oak trees welcomes guests to Boone Hall Plantation with an entrance that is as majestic as Charleston’s past. The plantation was founded in 1681 when Englishman Maj. John Boone came to Charleston and created a lucrative plantation and home on the banks of Wampacheone Creek.
In 1743, Maj. Boone’s son planted live oak trees in two evenly spaced rows. For two centuries, those trees – know as the Avenue of Oaks – have grown into a spectacular entrance to the plantation, welcoming visitors and creating a truly Southern backdrop for photos.
Visitors can take advantage of a variety of tours, including tours of the Georgian-designed mansion as well as tours and exhibits detailing slave life on the plantation, Gullah culture and a garden tour. One of the main features of the Boone Hall garden is the antique roses that are more than 100 years old.
Boone Hall Plantation is also one of America’s oldest working, living plantations. Once known for its cotton and pecans, today the plantation grows strawberries, tomatoes, and pumpkins. The U-Pick fields are open in season, and Boone Hall Farms Market is located nearby the plantation. It sells produce grown on the plantation as well as other local products, seafood, wine, gifts and more.
Charleston Harbor Tours now offers a combo tour so you can see Charleston from the water and visit Boone Hall Plantation. Purchase a combo tour and board the 85-foot Carolina Belle for a cruise around the scenic Charleston Harbor and receive admission to Boone Hall Plantation (admission voucher may be used on any date). Admission does include entrance to special events at Boone Hall Plantation.
Save the date for The Lowcountry Strawberry Festival
Coming up April 10-13 is The Lowcountry Strawberry Festival at Boone Hall Plantation. Visitors can pick their own strawberries from the fields while taking in multiple events and attractions, including more than 30 rides, strawberry pie eating contests, the Little Miss Berry Princess Contest, petting zoo, musical entertainment, a farming exhibit and much more. Admission is $5 for ages 12 and up; $3 for ages 3-11; and children 2 and under are admitted free with an adult. Additional purchase required for rides.