Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is an historic house with gardens located on the Ashley River in Charleston, South Carolina. As one of the oldest plantations in the south, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The plantation dates to 1676 when Thomas and Ann Drayton built a house and small formal garden on the site. Originally a rice plantation, Magnolia became known for its gardens after the Reverend John Grimke Drayton inherited the property in the 1840s and began to rework its gardens in an English style. According to legend, he built the gardens to lure his bride south from her native Philadelphia. He was among the first to utilize Camellia japonica in an outdoor setting (1820s), and is said to have introduced the first azaleas to America.

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