The McLeod Plantation is a wonder. Just a few miles from Charleston on James Island sits a 37-acre Gullah/Geechee heritage site. The tour of this plantation is a bit unsettling, as the story of African American slaves toiling here is a brutal one. No whitewashing history by these guides! Take the tour and you’ll find out about slave life, cotton cultivation and the strategic importance of the McLeod Plantation during the Civil War. That’s not all! You’ll hear great stories on the spiritual lives of both slaves and the master’s family, and the importance of the Gullah culture among the slaves working and visiting the plantation.
When you go, you can grab a brochure and take a self guided tour. But a guided tour is the best. The guides are full of knowledge and brimming with interesting tidbits you won’t want to miss. These interpretive tours are usually about 45 minutes in length, Tuesday to Sunday. It’s always a good idea to call first. Sorry but no pets and no bicycles are allowed on the property. Don’t forget to bring your camera as the place is picture perfect in every way. So come early or stay after your tour to mosey around. Oh and don’t forget your bug spray. After all, you are in Charleston, and the plantation is right by the water.