JAN/FEB 2022 RV TRIP DESTINATION KEY WEST
We intended to turn west at Savannah, until we realized just how close Charleston is! Just 100 miles north, The mansions were calling!
(When I was around 12 years old, I saw Gone With The Wind for the first time. I think I saw it 5 times! My friends and I decided we were going to all live together in a southern mansion when we grew up. Right……. And I made a note to self right then that my first child would be named Ashley. And that did happen! 🥰 And I still have the note.)
I already did the research knowing we were heading toward Charleston and on toward Atlanta. Could we find Tara or Twelve Oaks? Nope. First of all, those two plantations were totally fictional. Author Margaret Mitchell did suggest this actual property for the concept.
Leave it to Hollywood….
The entire movie was filmed on sets built for the movie. All of the outdoor garden and war scenes were filmed in and around Los Angles.
All of the sets were torn down and stored in an obscure warehouse that was only recently discovered. So, here lies Tara and Twelve Oaks:
No Tara, but the bridges are magnificent!
We did start seeing beautiful houses on the river as soon as we crossed the bridges in Charleston.
As well as lots of supply chain action.
The Passport stamp book led us back into historic sites.
This national historic park in Beaufort County, South Carolina.
Reconstruction Era National Historical Park, established on January 12, 2017, recognizes the historic significance of the years between 1861 – 1898, from the early Civil War through the start of Jim Crow segregation. During this time period, the United States debated questions such as “What does freedom mean? What are the rights of citizenship, and who can be a citizen?” The country grappled with how to integrate millions of formerly enslaved African Americans into society, and how to build a more united nation with free and equal citizens. Consequently, the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth amendments were passed, permanently abolishing slavery, defining birthright citizenship and guaranteeing equal protection under the law, and prohibiting voter discrimination based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
The Charles Pinckney National Historic Site is located on 28 acres of land that was formerly Snee Farms. Snee Farms was a 715-acre rice and indigo plantation that Pinckney inherited from his father in 1782. Charles Pinckney was a principal author and signer of the United States Constitution and a four term Governor of South Carolina. None of the original structures remain from when Pinckney lived on Snee Farms. The site is currently home to an 1828 Lowcountry coastal cottage that serves as a museum and visitor center. The Park grounds boast ornamental gardens and towering canopies of live oak and Spanish moss. Exhibits tell the story of Charles Pinckney and his contributions to the U.S. Constitution, of the United States as a young and emerging nation, and of 18th century plantation life for free and enslaved people of Snee Farms.
We chose this plantation tour not because it was the most beautiful mansion, but for the grounds. We were told this plantation is totally original. No improvements or renovations have been done and the grounds are maintained but left untouched. We couldn’t go in the house due to limited tours (Covid!). Even though it’s winter and not in full bloom, the 400 year old trees were amazing and we can just imagine all of these flowers in the spring and summer.