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McLeod Plantation Historic Site

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325 Country Club Drive
Charleston, SC 29412


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McLeod was established in 1851 as a sea island cotton plantation. Today McLeod is a 37-acre park open to the public and is recognized as a significant historic site most notably for exploring African American history and Gullah Geechee culture.

Visitors are invited to

  • Tour the homes and compare the McLeod family home with those built for enslaved families.

  • Learn about daily life and the relationships among the men, women, and children who lived and worked here before and after slavery.

  • Study the cultivation and importance of sea island cotton.

  • Gain insight into the plantation’s strategic importance during the Civil War and the role of the free black Massachusetts 55th Volunteer Infantry in emancipating enslaved people.

  • Examine the influence of the Freedmen’s Bureau at McLeod Plantation and throughout the South.

  • Trace the emergence of Gullah Culture in the Lowcountry.

  • Explore worship and spirituality in the lives of McLeod Plantation’s residents.

  • Draw parallels between the changing relationships among McLeod Plantation’s residents and in American society during the 20th century.

  • See how people dramatically changed the natural history of the plantation’s landscape through time.