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Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens
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Highway 17 South between Murrells Inlet & Pawley's Island
Pawleys Island, SC 29585


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Former plantation transformed into world renown gardens and outdoor sculpture space

Brookgreen Gardens emerges from the foundations of former rice plantations, a powerful and almost magical setting for one of the most comprehensive collection of American figurative sculpture. Began by renowned sculptress Anna Hyatt Huntington and her husband Archer, Brookgreen today combines history, nature and art like no other place. Experience this for yourself by roaming the gardens, taking a boat ride or walking the many trails that guide you through archaeological digs and interpretive panels that offer a peek into the lives of the plantation owners and enslaved African Americans. There are also multiple sculpture galleries on site as well as an animal forest. Make sure to visit Atalaya, Anna & Archer's home, which is located just down the road at Huntington Beach State Park. History Trivia: The southern-most edge of Brookgreen was once home to Governor Joseph Alson and his wife Theodosia Burr (the only child of Aaron Burr, the Vice President to Jefferson Davis). Their marriage in 1801 was followed by many tragedies including the death of their only son and the disappearance of Theodosia while at sea.