The Magnolia Plantation and Gardens was founded in 1676 by the Drayton Family. Magnolia is the oldest tourist site in the Lowcountry and the oldest public gardens in America. The Plantation has survived for centuries and witnessed the history of our nation from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. The Drayton family home dates back to 1873 and is the third home on the site. The two former homes were destroyed by fire during a raid on Union troops. The plantation has remained in the same family for three centuries. Ten rooms of the house are open to the public, and the house is furnished with early American antiques, porcelain, quilts and other Drayton family heirlooms. Basic garden admission gives you access to the historic gardens, petting zoo, conservatory, theater, Peacock Cafe, garden center, and gift shop. Additional paid guided tours include plantation house tour, nature train, nature boat, slavery to freedom tour, and the self-guided Audubon Swamp Garden tour. Allow about 4-5 hours if you plan on doing everything.
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Open Daily 9 am - 5 pm
Ticket Sales stop at 4 pm
Open 365 days a year
Adults (13+) $29
Child (6-12) $15
Children 5 and under Free
The basic Admission ticket gives visitors access to historic gardens, petting zoo, the conservatory, orientation theater, The Peacock Cafe, Gilliard Garden Center, and the Gift Shop.
Additional Guided tours are $10 each in addition to the general admission. These tours include Plantation House Tour, Nature Tram, Nature Boat, Slavery to Freedom Tour, Historic Garden Walk, and Audubon Swamp Garden Tour.
What: Sleeping with the Ancestors Book Launch
When: June 6, 2023
Time: 6 pm - 8 pm
Where: Magnolia Plantation
Written by Magnolia's own History & Culture Coordinator, Joseph McGill, join us at Magnolia after hours from 6-8 pm on Tuesday, June 6th for the Sleeping with the Ancestors book launch!
Enjoy honest conversation at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, the location where McGill's project began. You'll also have the opportunity to be one of the first to obtain the book!
Pre-registration is requested! This event will be held after hours from 6-8 pm at the historic cabins at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens.
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