What a beautiful place! We spent hours and it still wasn't time enough! At one time (pre-Civil War) it was a large, grand 3 building manse. Then, General Sherman started his march through the South. Some of his troops spent the night on February 22, 1865; looted and burned all but one of the flank houses. The family restored the remaining flanker house and lived in it until modern times. Many, many items on display are actual family items that have found their way "home". Of course, the outstanding thing about Middleton Place is its gardens. Absolutely breathtaking! And, the day of our visit, they were resplendent with Spring blooms and color - crepe myrtle, camellias, azaleas, flowers. Just amazing!! Oh, the Middleton Oak - 85 feet tall with a circumference of over 37 feet and one limb that spreads out for 145 feet! Magnificent! It was designated a "Constitution Tree" in 1989. The plantation is located on Ashley River and, from the rolling front lawn, has a sweeping view of the river. Lots of water features - reflection pool, butterfly lakes, etc. Just don't stick your toe in!! Not just pretty swans swimming there. Alligators!! Yep, alligators! We have to go back... just have to!!