Monday, February 9, 2015

>> Boone Hall Plantation, SC

Boone Hall Plantation was lovely (despite a rainy afternoon) and we had a great time. We enjoyed learning the history of the plantation, exploring old slave quarters, touring the mansion, and driving the famed "Avenue of Oaks" - which was absolutely gorgeous (see above ;)).

The plantation still has half an acre of cotton planted in a field. Definitely a weird plant! 

There are nine original slave cabins, all dating from 1790-1810. 

Carolyn in a tree. :)

Sweetgrass baskets are very popular and they came in all shapes & sizes. :)

We also made a stop at the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site (it was practically right across the road!) and enjoyed the museum while doing our Jr. Ranger books. I'm sure the outdoors grounds are lovely, but we didn't walk them due to the rain.

 Emma hard at work on her Jr. Ranger program. ;)
Charles Pinckney also had a really neat exhibit on the Gullah culture. The Gullah people are the African-American population living in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and northeast Florida. They have their own language, which is based on English but has strong influences from African languages. The result is very interesting (and amusing) to read. I enjoyed reading through a few pages of a Bible in the Gullah language.

We're all over 20 and became Jr. Rangers. ;) We really did enjoy hunting for the answers in the exhibit, it definitely made it more fun! I'll post more about our adventure in Charleston later in the week. :)

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