Middleton Place

Middleton Place 4300 Ashley River Rd

VAMONDE Charleston
Written By VAMONDE Charleston

Middleton Place

Middleton Place houses the oldest landscaped gardens in the US. Constructed during the 18th and 19th centuries. The plantation was owned and operated by the Middleton family who played large roles in the development of South Carolina. Today, Middleton Place is recognized as a National Historic Landmark. It serves as a historical museum and has landscaped gardens available for all to see. Visitors can explore the gardens, check out the house museum, view the stableyards, or visit Eliza's house, another attraction. The video below gives a glimpse into all that you can find at Middleton Place.

Oldest Landscaped Gardens

Middleton Place is around 65 acres of land, which comprises the oldest landscaped gardens in America, as well as their museum and stable. The Middleton Place Gardens are patterned after the illustrious symmetry of 17th-century European design. It is home to a wide variety of reflective pools, parterres, and sculpted terraces, each with their own ornate designs. Life teems throughout the gardens. The reflection pool is home to graceful swans and the gardens are home to rare camellias, which thrive in the winter. During the springs, the vibrant azaleas overtake the hillside above the Mill Pond. See the gardens in the video below.


The layout of Middleton Place has changed since its origins in the 1730s. Their focus on the garden was to bring out rational order, geometry, and balance, making sure that focal points, vistas, and surprises were scattered all throughout. The gardens are bursting with natural wonder. There are terraced gardens and butterfly ponds east of the main residence. There is also a reflection pool on the east side on the property and an Azalea pool on the north side. Most notably, there is a giant live oak tree with a trunk of over three meters in length. Middleton Place is home to a beautiful garden. If natural wonder amazes you, then come see this space which was built from the ground up.

Cover Photo Credit: Photo by Brian Stansberry via Wikimedia Commons.

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