Upcoming Events at Charleston’s Historic Plantations

  • Lowcountry Strawberry Festival ◊ April 8 – 16
    This popular spring festival provides acres and acres of family fun on the farm and has been expanded to be presented on two big weekends in 2022.
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  • Downtown Walking Tour: The Homes of Rebecca Perry Drayton April 9
    Join the curators of Drayton Hall on Saturday, April 9, at 10:00 am for a fascinating walk around the historic Harleston neighborhood in downtown Charleston and learn about the legacy of Rebecca Perry Drayton.
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  • Webinar: Classicism that Defies Expectations: Eclecticism, Porosity, and Rule-Breaking April 14
    Join Drayton Hall and Soane Foundation for a wonderful joint webinar on Thursday, April 14, at 5:00 pm for a thought-provoking program that looks at Classicism from four surprising perspectives. This is a Donate What You Can Event.
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  • 2022 Prosecco on the Portico Events April 16 & May 7
    Enjoy a glass of prosecco from 3:00 – 4:30 pm on the iconic portico of Drayton Hall. Grounds admission and audio tour are included in the ticket price.
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  • Virtual Book Club: A Shared Preservation Legacy? New York and Charleston April 28
    Join Anthony C. Wood, author of Preserving New York: Winning the Right to Protect a City’s Landmarks, in conversation with Charleston preservationists Kristopher King and Carter L. Hudgins, as they explore the origins and evolution of preservation in two of America’s greatest cities, New York and Charleston. This is a Donate What You Can Event.
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  • Webinar: John Watson of Colonial Williamsburg on 18th-century musical instruments ◊ May 12
    At 5:00 pm, John Watson, Conservator of Early Keyboard Instruments at Colonial Williamsburg, joins Sarah Stroud Clarke to discuss this intriguing journal entry from Charles Drayton’s (1743-1820) plantation records on March 5, 1802. Learn who was likely playing the grand fortepiano and where it had arrived from in this fun webinar that concludes the 2021-2022 season. This is a Donate What You Can Event.
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  • Historic Garden Walks ◊ April
    Just in time for bloom, take a special guided walking tour of Magnolia’s beautiful gardens along the paths first laid out by the Reverend John Grimké Drayton and his enslaved garden superintendent Adam Bennett in the 1840s.
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  • Bird Walk ◊ April 19
    On Saturday, March 19, from 8:00 am-12:00 pm guide Chris Smith will meet you at the Pavillion field and take you on a specifically curated guided walking tour pointing out some of the special species of birds that call Magnolia home.
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  • The Farm Market Days Every Wednesday & Saturday thru May 28
    A large variety of curated goods from many amazing producers, artists, and makers provide a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Whether you’re shopping for weekly groceries or selecting from beautiful, sustainably-sourced wares, you can be confident that your purchase is supporting your community. General admission to Middleton Place is not required. Ample free parking.
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  • Book Talk: Virginia Beach American Landmark April 5
    Join Middleton Place Foundation for American Landmark: Charles Duell and the Rebirth of Middleton Place book talk and signing reception with author Virginia Beach on Tuesday, April 5, at 6:00 pm in The Pavilion at Middleton Place. This is a free, in-person event, advance registration is required and seating is limited.
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  • Garden Strolls and Wine Tasting April & May
    Sip and stroll in a different location each week in America’s oldest landscaped gardens while sampling old and new world wines.
    For additional information click on the desired date: April 6, April 13, April 20, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18
  • Dyeing with Natural Materials April 9
    A textile was not finished when it came off the loom or knitter’s needles. Adding color to yarns and fabrics enhanced their aesthetic and textural qualities. From 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, watch demonstrations that include creating dye stuffs extracted from plants, chemical compounds, and insects along with dyeing the wool shorn from the flock of Middleton sheep. This event will take place in the Stableyards at Middleton Place and is free with a general admission ticket.
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  • Book Talk: Dr. Tessa Murdoch Europe Divided April 14
    From 11:00 am to 1:00 pm join decorative arts authority Dr. Tessa Murdoch as she presents her new book, Europe Divided: Huguenot Refugee Art and Culture (V&A, 2021). The book celebrates the lives, talents, and wares of skilled Huguenot refugees who fled France and ultimately elevated the design and workshop practice of luxury trades the world over. Indeed, Middleton Place exhibits objects detailed in Europe Divided.
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  • Easter Eggstravaganza April 16
    Bring a basket for the egg hunts which will take place in the Gardens. Once found, the hard-boiled eggs can be taken to the Stableyards to be dyed. Additionally, children play colonial games, participate in the Egg Race and Egg Toss, hear classic stories, make Easter crafts, and more.
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  • Easter Weekend Brunch April 16 & 17
    On Saturday, enjoy the buffet after the Easter Eggstravaganza activities, and on Easter Sunday plan to explore Middleton Place and savor the buffet offerings. Seating will be first-come, first-served. Reservations are not needed.
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  • Wine on the Piazza | Edmondston-Alston House April 21 & May 19
    Looking for a breathtaking view and a glass of wine? The Edmondston-Alston House is the perfect piazza for a springtime evening. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the Edmondston-Alston House followed by a glass of wine on the second-story piazza overlooking Charleston Harbor.
    For additional information, click on the desired date: April 21, May 19
  • Book Talk: John Navin Grim Years April 27
    From 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm on April 27 join author John Navin for a lively discussion of his book, The Grim Years: Settling South Carolina, 1670-1720. This is a free, in-person event, advance registration is required and seating is limited.
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