Upcoming Events at Charleston’s Historic Plantations

Boone Hall

  • Scottish Games & Highland Gathering ◊ November 2

Boone Hall Scottish Games Nov 2019

The Scottish Games and Highland Gathering, moves to the first weekend in November at Boone Hall Plantation. This is another one of the special events held at the plantation that makes Boone Hall one of the most unique venues in the Charleston, SC Lowcountry. It features a day packed full of various activities and events that has something for everyone – Scottish style.

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Drayton Hall

  • Drayton Hall Photography Workshop with Kim Graham ◊ November 2

Drayton Hall Photo Workshop Nov 2019

Professional photographer Kim Graham holds a photography workshop in and on the extraordinary interiors and exteriors of Charleston’s oldest surviving plantation open to the public, plantation Drayton Hall, on Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 9 am to 2 pm.

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  • Walking Tour of Post-Civil War Ashley River Road side Features of Drayton Hall’s Landscape ◊ November 2

Drayton Hall Walking Tour Nov 2019

Curator Cameron Moon will lead a tour of the evolution of the Drayton Hall landscape close to Ashely River Road on Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 10 am to 12 pm. She will take the group to areas never before interpreted at Drayton Hall to examine how the land was utilized from the colonial period to the 20th century.

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  • City Speaks Series, Jobie Hill on When Walls Talk: Hidden and Forgotten Stories of Enslaved People ◊ November 6

Drayton Hall City Speaks Nov 2019

On Wednesday, November 6, 2019 Drayton Hall’s City Speaks Series and Palladian Circle Society present a talk by Jobie Hill, Preservation Architect and Founder of Saving Slave Houses on When Walls Talk: Hidden and and Forgotten Stories of Enslaved People at the Gibbes Museum of Art at 135 Meeting Street in downtown Charleston.

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  • Pints for Preservation at Charles Towne Fermentory ◊ November 7

Drayton Hall Charleston Fermentory Nov 2019

No tickets , no cover! Charleston’s happiest happy hours support Drayton Hall! This month, Pints for Preservation happy hours pop up at Charles Towne Fermentory in Avondale! The Fermentory is located at 809 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407. No RSVP’s are necessary – just join Drayton Hall Preservation Trust at Charles Towne Fermentory in Avondale to connect and raise a glass to benefit Drayton Hall. Happy hours help history – be there!

  • Chamber Music Charleston Concert ◊ November 9

Drayton Hall Chamber Music Nov 2019

Saturday, November 9 is going to be a magical evening of music in Drayton Hall’s beautiful George W. McDaniel Education Center! Join us from 6:00 to 8:00 pm for a performance by Chamber Music Charleston accompanied by a light reception.

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  • Daily Life at Drayton Hall – Interactive Learning for Kids ◊ November 16

DraytonHall Kids Sept 2019

Bring the family to Drayton Hall on Saturday, October 19, 2019 for Daily Life at Drayton Hall – Interactive Learning for Kids. Get an inside look at daily life at Drayton Hall in the late 1700s through hands-on activities and talk with interpreters about the many important jobs that took place here. Learn how the Drayton family and the enslaved community lived and worked, how children were educated, how jobs and trades were taught, and more.

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Magnolia Plantation

  • Let’s Talk Reconstruction: A Community Gathering ◊ November 1 -3

Magnolia reconstruction Oct 2019

Through music and documented evidence, the Slave Dwelling Project presents a fresh perspective to the Reconstruction period that followed the Civil War. This historic moment in American history altered labor, politics and foodways, redefining society in ways that are still relevant today. Presented by the Slave Dwelling Project. Sponsor: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

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  • Gardening for Life ◊ November 9

Magnolia Plantation gardening for Life Nov 2019

Celebrate the changing of seasons and the bounty of autumn at Gardening for Life. Guests can attend garden workshops and live demonstrations to learn about the best practices in gardening and how to nurture life in your garden. Shop at the Fall Market for local food and artisan products or take home the perfect plants for your home or garden at the plant sale. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener, a novice, or just a lover of gardens, this event will have something for everyone!

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  • Lights of Magnolia ◊ November 15, 2019 through March 15, 2020 

Magnolia Plantation Lights Nov 2019

Step inside a unique blend of Chinese Culture and Southern hospitality. Lights of Magnolia is a 9 acre experience of larger-than-life Chinese lanterns in the shapes of flowers, animals, traditional Chinese symbols, and more. Stroll through 23 different themed areas and walk away with unforgettable memories.

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Middleton Place

  • Living History Days ◊ November 9 & 10

Middleton Living History Days Nov 2019

Craft workers demonstrate the skills practiced by enslaved people as they prepared the antebellum plantation for winter. Different aspects of 18th and 19th century plantation life will be explored including domestic skills, African American culture and Gullah storytelling. Living History Days will be held on November 9 & 10 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Programming is included with General Admission to Middleton Place (free for Foundation Members).

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  • Book Talk: Lost Charleston ◊ November 14

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Join Author Leigh Jones Handal for a talk about her book Lost Charleston in the Middleton Place Pavilion. From the dawn of the photographic era, the book chronicles through photographs and short essays the markets, mansions, hotels, restaurants, church towers and cherished businesses that time, progress, and fashion have swept aside. The free talk will be held in the Pavilion at 6:30 pm and light refreshments will be served. Q&A with the author will follow the talk.

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  • Holiday Market ◊ November 29 & 30

Middleton Holiday Market Nov 2019


The Garden Market & Nursery and Museum Shop kick-off the shopping season with an open-air market including local artisans and vendors, live musicians performing festive carols, complimentary hot cider and treats, and featured items in both shops. The Holiday Market will be held on November 29 & 30 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Admission is not required to shop at the Garden Market & Nursery or Museum Shop.

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(Image Credits: boonehallplantation.com; draytonhall.org; magnoliaplantation.com;  middletonplace.org)