Magnolia Plantation And Gardens: America's Oldest Public Garden
Posted: May 30th, 2019
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens (3550 Ashley River Road; Charleston, SC) was established in 1676 when Stephen gave it as a wedding gift to his daughter, Ann, and her husband Thomas Drayton. It is now in the 12th and 13th generations of the Drayton family.
The property used to be a lot larger than it is now, though. It was originally 2,000 acres, but Reverend John Grimke-Drayton invested a lot of money in Confederate bonds. That didn’t work out for him, as history could tell you, so in order to make money, he sold 1,500 acres. That’s why the gardens are now only 500 acres.