From the moment the car tires meet the gravel road leading to the tree-lined drive, the scene is set for an experience unlike any other. Tune the car radio dial to listen to the story of this historic plantation while slowly completing your approach. The Spanish moss hangs from centuries-old tree limbs shading your path. You’ll feel you’ve stepped back in time or perhaps wandered onto a movie set. You have.
Boone Hall Plantation preserves a bygone era and the scenery captures the essence of those times. The spectacular scenery hasn’t gone unnoticed by Hollywood either. In 2012, actors Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively held their wedding here. Boone Hall Plantation has also been the setting for several memorable films, including The Notebook. Yes, Ryan Gossling has spent time here – now that’s nice scenery.
The Plantation House
The Plantation Coach Tour
The Plantation Gardens
Black History in America and the Gullah Culture
The self-guided tour of the slave cabins is both moving and informative. Each cabin presents a different period in black history with a display and prerecorded presentation detailing the history. Press the button by the door upon entering each cabin.
There are also special presentations. At the Slave Street and History Talk the tour guide gives an account of what slave life was like at Boone Hall Plantation in addition to giving the architectural meaning of the cabins. A visitor favorite is the Exploring the Gullah Culture presentation. Presented three times daily in the outdoor theater, this discussion of the evolution and impact of the Gullah culture in the South Carolina Low Country is engaging and worth timing your visit around.
Tips For Your Visit
When planning your visit to Boone Hall Plantation, keep in mind you’ll want to spend some time exploring the property. Wear comfortable shoes, clothing, and tour at your own pace. In hot weather, you’ll want to have a water bottle handy. For food, the Butterfly Café is open daily from 9:30 to 5:00 and there’s a gift shop there as well.
Tickets may be purchased at the gate or online for $24. Senior citizens, children, military or AAA members, can save a few dollars on admission for the day. It’s also a good idea to stop at the visitor center once you arrive to schedule your house tour and to pick up a map of the grounds. Arriving via taxi or Uber? Not to worry, there’s a drop-off/pick-up location near the front gate.
Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens
1235 Long Point Rd.