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Historic Houses & Sites near Charleston & Savannah.

May 19th, 2014, 11:56 AM
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DRJ, I've been wondering about Middleton Plantation. I dislike historic places that feel compelled to become something for everyone, as if an interesting and well kept site with history aren't enough. So looking at Middleton vs Magnolia, it appears to me that Middleton might be the one I'd enjoy more. I have looked at the Inn site and, yes, very nice although unfortunately not in the budget.
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May 19th, 2014, 12:02 PM
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I love architecture of a clever design form and usually have no problem forming an opinion : love it or hate it.

I still can't make make my mind up about the concept of Middleton Inn. In some ways it is a clever use of what would have been, prior to its destruction, a building on an immense scale. It also is an insult to the grandeur of the original building.

What is beyond doubt is that, on a still evening, there are not many more beautiful places than the surrounding gardens.
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May 19th, 2014, 12:37 PM
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Dickie_Gr, would you expand, please, on your comments above about Middleton Inn? What was destroyed, something other than the Civil War losses? I'm not finding anything else online.
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May 19th, 2014, 01:03 PM
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The Middleton Inn is a half mile or so from Middleton Plantation and was built perhaps twenty years ago. The evening walk between them on the ground lit gravel path in April's azaleas is sensational.

(BTW, there is an excellent restaurant at Middleton Plantation.)
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May 19th, 2014, 01:15 PM
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And I suspect in that climate something might be blooming in November also.
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May 19th, 2014, 01:54 PM
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WE like Middleton Plantation very much. I think we missed the Inn.
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May 19th, 2014, 02:25 PM
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God I missed the dates, we are also in SC on Edisto at end of October / early November this year. The weather is usually amazing.
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May 19th, 2014, 03:30 PM
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I'm certainly hoping the weather will be nice. Nov. 4th arrival.
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May 19th, 2014, 05:09 PM
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That should be perfect.
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May 24th, 2014, 08:04 AM
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Bookmarking for our October trip from Lexington to Savannah/Charleston. I know it's a stretch in this posting but...any suggestions for the trip from Lexington? Interesting stopovers? Willing to take a couple days to get there.
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Drayton Hall is worth a visit. It is NOT a restored home, it is a preserved home. Very different.

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May 24th, 2014, 09:01 AM
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Thanks. Already on my list as I mentioned near the top, for the reason you mention.
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Easy choice is Ashville, NC. Right on your route, lovely town with thriving art community.

Biltmore Estate is the old Vanderbilt house, huge and one of the most impressive in the US, if a little muddled in its architecture. Has an impressive Whstler collection and great farm shop super market.
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May 24th, 2014, 05:02 PM
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Not sure you'd be interested in this, but we bought a pass at the visitors center- I think it was called the Heritage pass. We went to everything on it! Which was all the historic houses in town, 2 plantations, and 2 or 3 museums, maybe some other things too. Maybe more than you have time for. We really enjoyed it.
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May 24th, 2014, 06:15 PM
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Nvl325, the Heritage Pass is on my list too. Unlike many passes that aren't necessarily worth the money, this one looks like a pretty good deal. I plan to pick one up at the Tanger Outlet location after I get my rental car. Yes, 2 plantations, 2 museums and 6 historic houses.

This is the website: http://www.charlestoncvb.com/charles...agefederation/

And from this page I got a free and quite comprehensive visitor's guidebook in the mail:
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Charleston, SC Holocaust memorial
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while in Charleston, take a few minutes to see the simplest and yet most moving Holocaust Memorial I have ever seen (and due to my work, I've seen such memorials most everywhere in the world).

It's on Marion Square and consists of a list of survivors living in South Carolina and Charleston in particular. The display is a shock to one's soul, in my opinion.

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1Caroline on May 29, 13 at 1:05pm
I've been to Charleston all of my life, but I didn't know they had a Holocaust Memorial site. That's amazing. I've been to Auschwitz, Poland twice, Stutgart, near Gdansk, Poland and to to Dachau at Munich, Germany twice. While it's a shock to see the horrors of the Holocaust, it's something that everyone should see to remind them of what can happen. I have a couple of videos on YouTube that I made at those memorial sites so those who can't go can still see some of the horrors of the events. I'm not Jewish, but this is every person's responsibility and it's a very serious one. Thanks for telling me about the site in Charleston. Next time I'm there, I'll go. I did find the link to it though.


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1Caroline on May 29, 13 at 1:21pm
Correction: I meant Struthof near Gdansk, Poland.

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tower on May 29, 13 at 9:23pm
Caroline..here are my own personal pics...the clump in the center is a replica of a prayer shawl worn by religious Jews..signifying the 6,000,000 Jews who died in the Holocaust. Because of my work (I'm a writer and a researcher), I have been to most of the major and some smaller K-Kamps in Europe. I have recited the Kaddish prayer at each one over so many years.
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1Caroline on May 30, 13 at 4:42am
Thanks for sharing the photos. I'll take a look at them.

We go to a Memorial Site anytime we are near one and we have both read many, many books on the subject. It's incredible what they had to go through and IMO far too many people don't understand or fully appreciate the vastness of the horrors. There were also so many heros both Jewish and non-Jewish who tried in their own personal way to help alleviate some of the suffering. It really annoys me when I hear people say 'I couldn't take that' when discussing visiting the camp. That's taking the easy way out of acknowledging the misery IMO. We look at it as if they could endure the pain, then surely we can endure hearing about it.

The first time we were at Auschwitz/Birkenau it was late October and it began raining a cold rain. It was so cold that day and I kept thinking how cold it was but it was only raining, just think how much colder it was for them with few clothes, little heat and the cold and snow.

You have a really important mission in your work too. Thanks again.

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Mme Perdu:

You msy also decide to take in the colorful weekly parade on the Citadel University grounds. You could view it as a victory parade with a small contingent of female cadets proudly participating as a result of their victory for admittance several years back. The campus also has some handsome old buildings to offer along with their proud militsry tradition.
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