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Address: 181 Redcliffe Rd, Beech Island, SC 29842-9535
Phone Number: +1 803-827-1473
09:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Redcliffe Plantation, completed in 1859, was once the home of James Henry...

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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Fantastic tour, Very well presented

Very knowledgeable, respectful, informative, and detailed tour. Joy was a wealth of knowledge, and expertly brought the truth of the plantation to life. Highly reccomend taking... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Kevin J
Skagway, Alaska
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Skagway, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very knowledgeable, respectful, informative, and detailed tour. Joy was a wealth of knowledge, and expertly brought the truth of the plantation to life. Highly reccomend taking the time to stop here, and have productive guided conversation. Joy rocks! 👍

Thank Kevin J
Joy R, Manager at Redcliffe Plantation State, responded to this review

YOU are what made the tour...the great questions, the open minds, and your interest in critical thinking! Thank you all for taking the time to come and really get to know Redcliffe's history. Happy holidays and safe travels! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a wonderful tour. The grounds are beautiful. The information shared by Elizabeth was incredible. She did an excellent job of linking the past with the present. Many thanks for a wonderful experience Gayle and Lauren

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The family that owned the plantation kept amazing journals and our tour guide, Elizabeth Laney, has been reading the documentation and brought so many different aspects to our tour. The pine floors and sycamore mantels and doors spoke vividly of the past. Thee house is in excellent repair and the furnishings are from many different generations. Well worth the trip!

Thank Susan B
Clarksboro, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

We were welcomed as soon as we entered the visitors center. The grounds were beautiful, but reading and hearing about the history of the family was well worth the visit. The Park Ranger's knowledge was second to none. She answered all of our questions and added more.

Thank Buzzaroo54
Beech Island, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

If you happen to be traveling through Beech Island SC on your way somewhere be sure to stop at the beautiful and historic Redcliffe Plantation State site. They have tours of the main house and you can wander the grounds and gardens at your leisure. Stop in the guest shop and visit the information desk.. This is also a great... More 

Thank Teresa B
Aiken, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Perfect way to spend an hour or two. Grounds are beautiful and hearing about the history of the family - well documented thanks to a treasure trove of remaining family papers - helps to bring the history to life. May want to visit on days that aren't reaching 99 degrees given the lack of AC in the house.

Thank robertyoder31
Key Largo, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

Visited here once again, simply lovely plantation. Love the care taken with the buildings and grounds and the old magnolia- lined driveway gives one the idea of how it would have been to drive down and live there....nice visit.

Thank DLady69
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

Attended a concert in the Magnolia Trees at Redcliffe Plantation, consisting of students from Aiken, SC schools and local choirs. A very enjoyable presentation. A tour of the grounds and Plantation home was most enjoyable. The local rangers are very helpful and informative.

Thank Ron B
Frankfort, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016

Our first stop on our trip. We had a great tour with a very knowledgeable ranger. The mansion is nicely kept and makes you think. The property is beautiful. Wish we had a little more time to walk it. Not being from the area it was a little hard to find, better signs would help.

Thank sheryl b
Aiken, South Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

This was never an actual working plantation, however there were slaves who lived there to maintain the house and property. The tour is interesting, the guide is very knowledgeable and loves her job. The grounds are beautiful. The house is surprising in that it is very plain compared to other huge mansions owned by very wealthy people. It's a great... More 

Thank citidwel

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