Touring the Ashley River Road

Roads worthy of the designation of a ‘National Scenic Byway’ are excellent choices for RVers to explore. The Ashley River Road in South Carolina is one such road.

Although the road itself it very scenic, it is what visitors find in this historic area that truly draws them in. Along the road, visitors can see three different civil war era plantations, each bringing history to life.

Drayton Hall sits on 125 acres. It is built by bricks made on site by slaves and is considered one of the best examples of Georgian-Palladian architecture. The home is designated as a National Historic Landmark. The facility offers various programs throughout the year as well as self-guided tours.

Magnolia Plantation is a 500 acre plantation known for its beautiful gardens. It is the oldest plantation along the Ashley River. The gardens have been tended since the 1680s and visitors will find plants in bloom throughout the year. Some of the gardens open to visitors include the Biblical Garden, the Camellia Garden and the Barbados Tropical Garden. There is much to see and do here, including a pontoon boat tour.

Middleton Place was built in 1706. Guided tours take visitors through a bounty of antiques including furniture, portraits, books, silver, jewelry, books and more. Watch history brought to life by costumed actors demonstrating life as it was in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Touring the Ashley River Road gives RV enthusiasts both a beautiful route to explore and an education in civil war era plantation life.

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