Sharing yet another ‘Things to Do’ post from our Charleston, SC vacation! I visited Boone Hall Plantation when I was a kid, but honestly ONLY remembered the Avenue of the Oaks. Being the BWG (Basic White Girl…) that I am, I am a huge fan of The Notebook so of course I wanted to go because part of the movie was filmed there (Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds got married here, too!).
I have to admit, the most memorable and beautiful part of the plantation is the Avenue of the Oaks. It’s genuinely historic.. the studio used the AOTO as a model for Gone With The Wind..look familiar?
It’s seriously stunning to walk around the grounds and take in not only the beauty, but the history, too. The building below used to house the plantation’s cotton gin:
The water pictured below was featured in The Notebook. (Remember this scene? That’s Boone Hall!) This waterway also used to be the only way you could get to and from the plantation – and it was all about the tide. You could only come and go during high tide, and it took HOURS to get downtown.
A poignant reminder of our nation’s history, the cabins where slaves lived:
You’ll recognize the house at Allie’s parent’s summer home from The Notebook!
The only cotton that is still grown on the plantation – it used to be thousands of acres.
Another shot of what used to be the cotton gin:
History buff or not, I highly recommend visiting Boone Hall, you’ll get to take in some iconic sites, and maybe just learn something about a way of life that is no longer.