McLeod Plantation: Discover history and serenity right on James Island

By Mark A. Leon
By Mark A. Leon

Built in 1851, the McLeod Plantation, located on James Island played a critical role in some of the most significant periods of United States history providing shelter for soldiers during the Civil War, serving as a headquarters point during the war, raising cotton at the hands of slaves and offering transition homestead for freed slaves.? In 1991, the final offspring of the McLeod family legacy passed away and with that the end of an era.? He donated his land to historic Charleston who came very close to selling the land to the College of Charleston for a sports complex.? Fortunate for the legacy of Charleston and its rich heritage, the Charleston County Park Council purchased the land and has restored this critical piece of Charleston history for all of us to share.

I came into my adventure onto this sacred and historic property with a desire for knowledge acquisition about our land and walked away with a feeling of serenity and peace.? Like myself, many will go in looking for a little visual history lesson, but will walk away spending time in a place that has preserved its look and integrity for 160 plus years.

We invite you to step back in time and walk with us as we show you some of the visual spectacle of McLeod Plantation:? one of Charleston truest historic and visual gifts.? From the Big House to the Wappoo River, you will find yourself lost in yesteryear and get swept away in the romanticism of the land.

The Big House
The Big House
Blossoming flowers
Blossoming flowers
Majestic trees
Majestic trees
Back of the Big House
Back of the Big House
Cotton storage facility
Cotton storage facility
View from the front porch of the Big House
View from the front porch of the Big House
Learn a little history inside the house
Learn a little history inside the house
Or relax on the front porch
Or relax on the front porch
Fresh open views all around the property
Fresh open views all around the property
Plenty of shade on those warm summer days
Plenty of shade on those warm summer days
Hidden shack in the woods
Hidden shack in the woods
Transition Row where freed slaves transitioning lived and soldiers during the Civil War
Transition Row where freed slaves transitioning lived and soldiers during the Civil War
Transition Row
Transition Row
Transition row home interior
Transition row home interior
Interior chimney
Interior chimney
Dark interior
Dark interior
Cemetery on the grounds
Cemetery on the grounds
Perspective on life in those times
Perspective on life in those times
Wappoo Creek: Gateway to the World
Wappoo Creek: Gateway to the World
Calm Wappoo Creek
Calm Wappoo Creek
Gated Main Entrance
Gated Main Entrance
Original foundation
Original foundation
Back of the Big House
Back of the Big House
Walking along the property path
Walking along the property path
Relax in the shade
Relax in the shade
Quiet romantic walk
Quiet romantic walk

Take a morning or afternoon, pack a picnic and enjoy one of the most beautiful escapes just three miles outside of Charleston proper.? You will not be disappointed.