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Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Posted on 13th Jul 2017
Category: Trails, Tours, Parks, Historic Sites, Family Entertainment
Author: Steve Vail

This spectacular and historic plantation with its beautiful gardens is still owned and meticulously preserved by the family that started it over 300 years ago, which is something that sets it apart from other historic plantations of the SC Lowcountry. Overrun and ravaged by enemy troops during both the Revolutionary and Civil wars, Magnolia Gardens has not only survived but has continued to thrive. While the original plantation house may not have survived these wars, it's the gardens and natural beauty of Magnolia that have always been the plantation's primary focal point. Many of the plants, trees, and gardens date back to Magnolia Plantation's earliest days.

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Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site

Posted on 3rd Aug 2016
Category: Trails, Tours, Parks
Author: Steve Vail

I recall when Charles Towne Landing first opened to the general public. It was 1970 and the park's opening commemorated the city of Charleston's as well as the state of South Carolina's tricentennial. Six years later the U.S. would be celebrating its bicentennial. As a youngster visiting the park for the first time I was impressed, to say the least.

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Fort Sumter - A Charleston Historic Icon

Posted on 30th Mar 2013
Category: Tours, Parks, Historic Sites, Family Entertainment
Author: Steve Vail

Recently some friends of mine, six IT guys with whom I've had the awesome privilege of working at McCrady Training Center in Columbia, came to Charleston for a visit, and to tour  Fort Sumter.  We met at  Patriot's Point  to catch the...

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Hampton Park - Historic Majestic Charleston

Posted on 23rd Feb 2013
Category: Parks, Historic Sites, Family Entertainment
Author: Steve Vail

Hampton Park is one of the oldest parks in the Charleston and Lowcountry area. With its grand majestic old Live Oaks, cycling, jogging, walking trails, a nearly one-hundred-year-old bandstand, and manicured flower beds and gardens this Charleston County Park is one of my personal favorites.

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