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Redcliffe Plantation State

181 Redcliffe Rd, Beech Island, SC 29842-9535
+1 803-827-1473
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Interesting State Historic Site

This is a very interesting place with lots of history. Our guide did a Wonderful job of telling us... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2018
Karla T
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Chester, Connecticut
Hidden History

I have lived within 10 miles of this site and never visited until a month ago. Now I have visited... read more

Reviewed 2 April 2018
hmcfranklin
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Jackson, South Carolina
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Redcliffe Plantation, completed in 1859, was once the home of James Henry Hammond, three generations of his descendants, and numerous African-American families like the Henleys, Goodwins, & Wigfalls who worked at the site as slaves and later free men and women. Redcliffe provides a setting for exploring the experiences of the enslaved, as well as the larger institution of slavery and reflects the historical experiences and impact of the white and black families who lived and worked at the site. The extant slave quarters, mansion, and iconic lane of magnolia trees planted in 1860 serve to highlight the plantation's rich and varied history. House Tours are offered Thursday through Monday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. There are no tours available on Tuesday/Wednesday. If school groups are scheduled on a day tours are offered, the 11am tour will not be held. Please contact the park in advance if you are planning on attending an 11 a.m. tour.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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181 Redcliffe Rd, Beech Island, SC 29842-9535
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

This is a very interesting place with lots of history. Our guide did a Wonderful job of telling us about its history and having us imagine what it would have been like to live there either as part of the family in the Plantation House...More

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

I have lived within 10 miles of this site and never visited until a month ago. Now I have visited three times in the month. This is the mansion of James Henry Hammond and four generations of Hammonds. It is now a state park and...More

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Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

Our guide was full of information, and very knowledgeable. We were impressed with the plantations history and the families that lived there. We learned also about the politics of the owners throughout history.

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Reviewed 30 November 2017

The Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site is close to Aiken and worth a visit with family. There is plenty of open space to let the kids run and have a picnic. The information in the former slave quarters was very interesting. Unfortunately, we arrived in...More

Thank Bruce Jeffrey K
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Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

We've been living in the CSRA for 4 years and this is the first time we've ever visited the plantation. Very interesting history. Elizabeth is an excellent tour guide! Very knowledgeable and can really answer questions. We will surely recommend this to our friends.😊

Thank WanMinet C
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Joy R, Manager at Redcliffe Plantation State, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

Thanks for visiting! We look forward to seeing you back out at the park for a walk or a picnic, if not for another tour. Remember, the grounds are open free 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.!

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Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Redcliffe is a southern plantation house that escaped the torch during the Civil War and is in remarkable condition today. Our tour guide was as good as they come, Well informed and very easy to listen to. I only wish I could remember her name...More

Thank Jack S
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Joy R, Manager at Redcliffe Plantation State, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2017

Well, of course, I was the one who gave the tour since you enjoyed it so much...hahaha! It was more likely our Park Interpreter Elizabeth :) We are so glad that you took the time to visit us, especially given the heat! Thanks again for...More

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Reviewed 4 July 2017

We visited Redcliffe Plantation State Park and had a great visit. Our guide is the Park Ranger there, Joy. She was so informative and gave us a real glimpse into a bygone time in our state's history. Items in the gift shop are reasonably priced...More

Thank Paul O
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Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

This plantation was a private house with approximately 21 house slaves.Two slave quarters survive. One turned into a garage. The other an exhibit with detailed documentation of life on the plantations down the road. There's a chilling operations manual with job descriptions, clothing and food...More

Thank Darlyne B
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Joy R, Manager at Redcliffe Plantation State, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2017

Darlyne, thanks for making the trip out to Redcliffe Plantation! We are always happy to share the complicated history of the site and to expose visitors to new documents, photographs, artifacts that help illustrate that history.

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Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

We arrived at the plantation and the service at the desk was great. We purchased our tickets from Doug who was so friendly. We all met on the verandah of the mansion and proceeded inside. Turns out Doug was also the tour guide. He was...More

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Joy R, Manager at Redcliffe Plantation State, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2017

Thanks so much for your review and for visiting Redcliffe! I will be sure to pass on your kind remarks to Doug.

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Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

Start at the visitor center center & gift shop for the times of the tours. Reasonable fee is charged. Knowledgable tour guide takes you through the main plantation house explaining each room and it's exhibits. Warning, some of the historical events may be hard to...More

Thank Denise D
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Freddiemf
3 March 2018|
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Response from Joy R | Property representative |
The grounds are open daily from 9 a.m to 6 p.m. Tours of the mansion, slave quarters and work yard are at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Thursday through Monday. There are three picnic tables adjacent the parking area; these... More
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