Brookgreen Gardens: Day 3, Part 3 – Plantation
We step into history as we explore the plantation roots of Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina on day 3 of our visit.
As it turns out, I actually missed a couple of places we visited in Myrtle Beach during our November 2016 Road Trip. When I first started working on editing pictures for the website, the sheer number of pictures for Brookgreen Gardens was a bit daunting, and I skipped over them in favor of working on attractions with fewer pictures to edit. Unfortunately for me (and for your continuity with our trip), that meant I started publishing posts of where we traveled after we left Myrtle Beach, without publishing Brookgreen Gardens or a few other places in Myrtle Beach. These posts, then, are a visit back to our time in Myrtle Beach. While they will show up in their correct spot on the road map of our trip (based on the date we actually visited them), the post timeline will be a bit off, so bear with me as we try to play a little catch-up.
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While Brookgreen Gardens is dedicated to showcasing sculptures, they also haven’t forgotten the roots of the place. Originally built as a plantation, there is a section that includes a walk along several points of interest. At each point, a recorded voice tells part of a story of the plantation’s history at the touch of a button. While not as awe-inspiring as the sculptures that abound throughout the Gardens, it’s an interesting walk down history lane we were glad we got to partake of.
With several unearthed buildings, like the Overseer’s Kitchen and the Smokehouse, as well as some sculpture representations of various people within the plantation, it’s a walk into the past that shouldn’t be missed on any visit to Brookgreen Gardens…and a nice way to end our 3-day visit here.
There were a few sculptures we missed, and their Butterfly Exhibit was closed for the season, but that only makes us want to go back. While walking around during Thanksgiving Week was nice (since there were so few visitors), we would have liked to stay for their Festival of Lights, and wandering around the Gardens while they are in full bloom must be something to behold. Oh well…those just give us an excuse to head back to Brookgreen Gardens for more visits in the future!
Check out the pics below, and stay tuned to see where we go next!
- Address: 1931 Brookgreen Garden Drive, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
- Location Type: artwork | monument | tourist attraction
- Price: $16.00 Adults 13-64; $14.00 Seniors 65 & Over; $8.00 Children 4-12; Kids 3 & Under are free. Tickets are good for 7 consecutive days.
- Phone: (843) 235-6000
- Website: Official Website