If you're into grand southern homes, American history, black history, movies, or gardening, you'd love Boone Hall Plantation. It's one of America's oldest working plantations and it's the site of many movies, including, of course, The Notebook! (Allie's summer home). Unfortunately photographing the inside of the home is not allowed, since it's still a private residence. The home you see there today is not original to the property; it was built in the 1930's using many of the materials from the home that stood there previously.
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|Tour guide in 1800's dress|
|light blue ceiling|
|Beautiful side gardens|
|This is the entrance (as seen from the inside) where Noah accidentally crashed into the gates in hopes that Allie was still there.|
|"Avenue of Oaks," said to be the inspiration for Gone with the Wind's Twelve Oaks.|
Visiting the slave cabins was the biggest highlight of my visit to Boone Hall. This whole area gives you a really vivid picture of what house slave life was like here. I can just imagine the people fishing (there's saltwater right next to the homes), cooking, doing laundry, worshiping, tending to their wounds from daily slave life, loving, fearing, dreaming, worrying, living.
|One of the remaining 13 house slave cabins. They believe there were two more rows next to this one, as well as more rudimentary cabins by the farmland for the non-house slaves.|
|Cabin modeled as a place of worship|
|Cabin modeled as a house slave home, complete with cradle.|
|Artifacts recovered from excavation of one of the cabins. Items include pottery, bottles, children's dolls, and buttons.|
|There would have been two more rows next to this one.|
|Shipping dock and warehouse was rebuilt recently after it was destroyed by a hurricane. It is meant to be a replica of what originally stood there.|
|View from the side of the house. The water behind us is saltwater, not brackish water.|
And here are some Instagram photos taken as I visited the plantation:
So those were some highlights of my visit to Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens. It was wonderful.