Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Be a Tourist - Middleton Place

On Monday, we went to Middleton Place on our Be a Tourist pass.  We took a horse-drawn carriage ride through the plantation and the rice fields.   I can't say the boys appreciated the history but they did love seeing alligators, birds, horses, and other wildlife on our tour.  After our tour, we had a picnic lunch on the steps of the original plantation.   The boys had a great time running up and down the lawn.  It was gorgeous - right on the Ashley River.  After our picnic lunch, we walked over to the stable yard to check out the horses, cows, goats, pigs, etc.  The sheep just had a baby which was sooooo cute.  I fell in love immediately!  

Getting ready to do the tour.  Our carriage driver was from Ohio and the other visitor was from Canada.
Our horses were May and June.  Sisters who only worked together.

The gates of the original house.  It was burned during the Civil War.  Yankee troops had a dinner at the house and then torched it.  A few years later, an earthquake finished off the remains of the house.  The site has never been touched so who knows what's buried in all that rubble.  
This is the front lawn of the original house that sits on the Ashley River.
Behind Banks are the steps we had our picnic on.  You can also see the rubble beside the steps.
Mama Sheep and baby lamb

Had it been a little warmer, we could have easily spent half a day here.  Unfortunately, it got quite chilly and Hughes had speech so we had to cut our visit short.  

1 comment:

Rebec said...

It looks like you are really getting some use out of the be a tourist pass! I know that the boys are having a blast going to all of the cool places! I'll have to look into that for Rubygail and Grayson this summer.