Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Hampton Plantation

Do you believe in love at first sight? The minute I first laid eyes on Hampton Plantation I fell for it hook, line, and sinker. I can't remember now whether I fell in love with it before or after I read Archibald Rutledge's accounts of growing up on the grounds here but regardless, I could move right in. It's peaceful. Simple. Now, if only it was available. Walk down the sandy, tree-lined path and it suddenly emerges and takes your breathe away...

Sit and rock a while and listen to the silence. There was no one here the day we visited and it gave us the chance to sit and survey the land the way the Rutledge clan must have done way back in 1735. The wildest part for me is that there is absolutely nothing else around... for miles.

There is a gorgeous oak tree in the front lawn that George Washington fell in love with while visiting this front porch. You can sit where he sat and see what he saw and wonder what he might have been thinking (was he sipping a cold sweet tea?)...

Walk along the pathway that Archibald Rutledge writes of approaching on horseback "rode homeward through the breaking storm, and reached the house in full, calm starlight." *

Rutledge describes " the wind's soft wand touched the tall grasses" * - wander the tall grasses here and listen for what he heard ( also watch out for snakes here and on the grounds behind the house. Don't ask me how I know, it's a long story!)

Retreat to the shade of the porch to cool down and joggle for a while on the joggling board. All in all, a beautiful afternoon.
* all excerpts from Life's Extras by Archibald Rutledge 

Hampton Plantation State Historic Site
1950 Rutledge Rd
McClellanville, SC 29458
Admission: grounds are free. The house admission fees are: $7.50 adult; $3.75 SC senior; $3.50 age 6-15 and children 5 and under are free.
Hours: grounds -9am-5pm, daily. Guided house tours Sat-Tues at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm
PMK dog Winston approves! Pets allowed (on a lead) in outdoor areas only. 
For all the information on Hampton Plantation click here

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