Upcoming Events at Charleston’s Historic Plantations

Boone Hall

  •   Lowcountry Oyster Festival ◊ January 26

Boone Hall Lowcountry Oyster Festiva Jan 2020l

The “World’s Largest Oyster Roast” will be held on January 26 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on the spacious back lawn at beautiful Boone Hall Plantation. This festive event is presented annually by the Charleston Restaurant Association and attracts visitors from all over the world. It is undouibtedly one of the premier social gatherings held annually in the South Carolina Lowcountry that continues to grow each year. Over 80,000 lbs. of oysters will be enjoyed by the thousands of people who attend this spectacular event.

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Drayton Hall

  • Drayton Hall Kids! Daily Life at Drayton Hall ◊ January 4

DraytonHall Kids Sept 2019

Bring the family to Drayton Hall on Saturday, January 4, 2020 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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  • Wildlife Photography Walk ◊ January 12

Drayton Hall Wildlife Photo Jan 2020

Join Lowcountry wildlife photographer Jerry Bridges on the grounds of Drayton Hall for bird and wildlife walks around the 125-acre historic core of Drayton Hall’s landscape on Sunday, January 12, 2020 or February 16, 2020, both at 1:00 pm. This outdoor walking event activity is perfect for a cool January day in Charleston, SC.

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  • Blind Tiger Pub hosts Pints for Preservation Happy Hours ◊ January 22

Drayton Hall Blind Tiger Jan 2020

No tickets , no cover! Charleston’s happiest happy hours support Drayton Hall! This month, Pints for Preservation happy hours pop up at the famous and historical local favorite watering hole – Blind Tiger Pub! Bind Tiger is located in downtown Charleston, located at 36-38 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29403. Kids and dogs are welcome – both will love the burgers and mac n’ cheese! No RSVP’s are necessary – just join Drayton Hall Preservation Trust at Blind Tiger in downtown Charleston to connect and raise a glass to benefit Drayton Hall. Happy hours help history – be there!

  • Stargazing on the Ashley ◊ January 25

Drayton Hall Stargazing Jan 2020.jpg

There is no more perfect a time or season in Charleston to visit Drayton Hall and stargaze from our landscape than January – join us for Stargazing on the Ashley at Drayton Hall. On January 25, 2020 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. Hot Toddies will be served and guests will be invited to gaze through telescopes set up on the clear, wide open unlit Drayton Hall landscape.

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Magnolia Plantation

  • 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

  • Lengthening the Fiber: Hands-On Wool Spinning ◊ January 6

Middleton Spinning Jan 2020

Spinning the wool into yarn was done before it could be turned into sheets of fabric by weaving it on a loom or knitting the wool into commonly used items, such as socks or scarfs. Under the tutelage of a costumed interpreter, guests will be taught how to spin the wool using a drop spindle. Program takes place at 11:15 am and 2:00 pm and includes a 15 minute presentation and time allotted for audience participation. This program is included with general admission to Middleton Place (free for members).

  • Cooking and Food Demonstration ◊ January 11 & 12

Middleton Cooking & Food Jan 2020

Costumed Interpreters will be preparing dishes over an open fire using recipes from 18th and 19th century cookbooks. Visitors will have the chance to learn about the various methods of both food preparation and food preservation. Program is ongoing from 10 am – 3 pm and is included with general admission to Middleton Place (free for members).

  • Twisting the Yarn: Cordage Making Using a Lucet ◊ January 14

Middleton Cordage Making with Lucet Jan 2020

A lucet is a small hand-held tool, shaped like a miniature lyre with a small hole in the center, used to make a braided cord. Under the guidance of a costumed interpreter, visitors will make their own piece of cordage using a lucet and wool from the Middleton Place sheep. Program takes place at 11:15 am and 2 pm and includes a 15 minute presentation and time allotted for audience participation. This program is included with general admission to Middleton Place (free for members).

  • Finding the Groove: Hands-On Barrel Making ◊ January 26

Middleton Barrel Making Jan 2020

Barrels were just one of many wooden containers made by a cooper that were used at Middleton Place. Under the tutelage of Middleton Place’s resident cooper, guests will have a chance to try their skill at assembling a wooden barrel. Program takes place at 11:15 am and 2:00 pm and includes a 15 minute presentation and time allotted for audience participation. This program is included with general admission to Middleton Place (free for members).

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

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