You can’t visit Charleston without visiting a plantation so off we went to Middleton Plantation. The first place we went to on the plantation was ‘Eliza’s House’ once occupied by former Middleton slaves or freedmen. It is known by this name in memory of Eliza Leach, a South Carolina African-American born in 1891 and the last person to live in the building.
there was a quilt on the bed. This reproduction quilt is made up of a variety of different fabrics, nothing was wasted.
On the wall inside is a list of all the slaves that lived and worked on the plantation
and this is a close up of the descriptions of those people
another reproduction quilt and real loom
the following are pics of just a small area of the huge garden.
Looking over the rolling Terraces to the Ashley River.
This is the Middleton Oak…said to have marked an Indian trail long before settlement and more than 1000yrs old
and of course I touched it for you Helen
The Middleton Plantation is also known for it’s thousands of azaleas planted in the 1920’s and 30’s.
The Reflection Pool
There is just so much to say about this plantation, if you are really keen click on the link
and spend some time reading about its history and current role. MP and I had a short tour of part of the gardens and then explored more ourselves and also did the tour of the House. Sorry but no photography was allowed in the house.
It was then time for the 4hr drive back to Atlanta for a few days of pub crawling.
That night we went to Sweet Water Brewery and as luck would have it there was a beer festival on and we got free beer!!!
MP did a tour of the brewery while I did a tour of the gift shop. Later we had Chinese for dinner and an early night.
The next day we drove to Decatur, Atlanta for a pub crawl,
where MP did a brewery tour while I was left in the bar without a glass so I
stole borrowed the bartenders. I’d had three beers before he realized. !!! hahaha
On our last day, Sunday, we went bright and early to the best beer pub in Atlanta. The Porter Beer Bar. The website said it opened at 11am. It was pouring rain so we were at the door as he unlocked. In we went shaking of the rain, coats off, bags down, settling into the tall stools by the bar ready for a treat of hoppy beer and malty delights. Our excitement was short lived as the bartender informed us that no alcohol is served on a Sunday till 12.30pm !!!! “WHAT..??? that’s another hr and a half away, by that time we are meant to be in pub number 3.”
“Sorry folks, Charleston State Law ! “
So…..plan B…..off we go down the road to Target to do a bit of shopping and then into Ross (another Target type store) to do a bit more. By this time we have time to drive to pub number 2, The Wrecking Bar Brew Pub.
With 2 mins to go till 12.30pm the bartender poured our first beer for the day….We only had time for a swift pint. I had a lovely smooth oatmeal porter before it was time to leave and get to the airport for our 7 hour flight home to London
……MP slept the entire way. I had a few glasses of wine, watched some TV and got a few hours..
It was a wonderful two weeks…..even though the satnav lady and I never became friends…
Stay Posted Love L