Today we visited the awesome Magnolia Plantation. Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry, and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens.
We saw a lot of beautiful camellias blooming. It was pouring rain but I did the best I could to get a few photos. We also saw a lot of peacocks, both the normal color and the white ones. We wanted to visit the Audubon Swamp Garden and walk on the many boardwalks, but the rain would not stop.
The Audubon Swamp Garden is a unique world where trees grow from the water and thousands of plant and animal species coexist amongst the cypress and tupelo gum trees, surrounded by blackwater. Each year, hundreds of egrets, herons, and other waterfowl nest within feet of the walking path. We will definitely be back to see it all the next time we are in Charleston with the sun shining. More later from South Carolina.