Wednesday, June 17, 2009

18th Birthday at Hampton Plantation

For my 18th birthday my mom and some friends and my sisters went to South Carolina for a daytrip to visit Hampton Plantation. This was the last home of Eliza Lucas Pinckney, the woman who succeeded in cultivating indigo in the lowcountry region bringing  enormous wealth to the colony during the latter half of the 18th century.  Virtually everything about the house is completely original--amazingly preserved and beautiful. 
Standing on the lawn. I love old white houses with columns. So fun. :)
Across this river there used to be rice fields as far as the eye could see. Now it's filled with bugs as far as the eye can
Lined up on the front portico escaping the heat
Me, the birthday girl
My closest friend
This was the mantle in the ballroom, all original, all hand carved. 

Charlotte looking out the window at the George Washington Oak--a tree he took note of during a 1792 visit to meet Eliza Pinckney whom he recognized as a heroic patriot.  Not long after that meeting Eliza died while visiting Philadelphia; Washington requested to serve as a pall bearer at her funeral.
Dinner on the way home at Olive Garden. 

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