My photograph from my visit at sunset on the oak alley of Live Oaks at the Boone Plantation in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
The Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens is an antebellum plantation located in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Venture through the beautiful Spanish-moss-draped live oaks and gorgeous gardens of Boone Hall, and you’ll understand why it’s the most photographed plantation in the country. Located in Mount Pleasant (roughly 10 miles away from Charleston), Boone Hall is also the oldest operating plantation in the Lowcountry and has a thriving modern market.
BOONE HALL PLANTATION PROTECTED FOREVER
One week ago, Lowcountry Land Trust, the McRae family, and state and local leaders announced the permanent protection of Boone Hall Plantation. A conservation easement, which closed on November 5, ensures that the property’s forests and farmland will remain forever, eliminating development pressure in rapidly growing Mt. Pleasant.
For more than 300 years, Boone Hall Plantation has been working farm and forestland, first as a lucrative plantation and later as one of the most popular attractions in Charleston.
“The protection of Boone Hall is truly ‘community’ conservation. It grounds the region with a sense of place and connects people to the land through masterful storytelling and shared experiences,” commented Ashley Demosthenes, president and CEO, Lowcountry Land Trust. “The commitment of the McRae family to chart proactively the future of Boone Hall demonstrates their passion for this special place and for the thousands of guests they host each year.”
Boone Hall’s conservation easement consists of nearly 600 acres, including 370 acres of forestland and a mile and a half of creek frontage. The McRae family’s love story for Lowcountry land began like so many others. Willie McRae’s parents often visited friends in the area, and on one visit they discovered an iconic Southern plantation for sale.