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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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Amazing historic site

We visited the plantation and grounds while in Augusta Georgia. We took the plantation tour, and found it not only informational but very fascinating. Out tour guide not only told... read more

Reviewed 1 April 2017
Cedar Springs, Michigan
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Owensville, Indiana
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Start at the visitor center center & gift shop for the times of the tours. Reasonable fee is charged. Knowledgable tour guide takes you through the main plantation house explaining each room and it's exhibits. Warning, some of the historical events may be hard to hear.

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Orange County, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

While we were not able to get inside the house, a walk around the outside was very impressive. The house is HUGE! Amazing example of plantation architecture and lucky that the Feds didn't burn it to the ground. Watch out for the massive prickly pear cactus outside - it'll get you!

Thank scphil21
Cedar Springs, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

We visited the plantation and grounds while in Augusta Georgia. We took the plantation tour, and found it not only informational but very fascinating. Out tour guide not only told us the basic facts about the working plantation, but fun stories about the families and slave families that lived there. Her presentation was geared toward the adults in our group... More 

1 Thank GLMills
Joy R, Manager at Redcliffe Plantation State, responded to this review

So glad you could make it out for a tour! More 

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Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

This plantation is located on some seriously gorgeous property. You can wander around the property to see the outside of the house, the slaves' residence, the horse barn without paying for a tour of the house, but the tour is very affordable and well worth doing. Check tour times and days - they are on a schedule. I think the... More 

Thank AndieG1603
Joy R, Manager at Redcliffe Plantation State, responded to this review

Thanks for adding your comments about the tour...if you have the time, it is worth it to take the guided tour and learn more about what you are seeing! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

We visited this place on a recent tour of SC State Parks. It's not too far off of I-20. It's a very well maintained home for something built before 1865. It was used as a residence into the mid 20th century but doesn't seem to have been allowed to fall into disrepair over time. The site is beautiful although it... More 

1 Thank EOMoby
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

We are people who go on many historic tours, and I had the privilege of being a docent at an antebellum historic home one summer. Sometime you get outstanding tour guides, and sometimes you don't. But the tour we had at Redcliffe was interesting and intriguing, and even entertaining --- and I believe would be for almost anyone fortunate enough... More 

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

Thank you for so eloquently describing your experiences at Redcliffe Plantation. We are fortunate to have passionate, interested, and skilled professionals to tell the stories of the enslaved individuals and the members of the Hammond family. Elizabeth is one of a team of historians trained to use the available primary sources to address a complex time period. Our hope is... More 

Wayne, New Jersey
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

Our guide, Officer Elizabeth, was a great storyteller and clearly knew her history and enjoyed sharing it. She was especially attentive to the younger members of our tour. I'd highly recommend making this stop. I now have a new mission as a new resident of SC... to visit all 42 state parks!!

Thank Ellen B
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Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

This hidden property is beautiful. The tour guide, Elizabeth, is knowledgeable and animated which made for an informative and fun experience. The tour lasts a little under an hour and then gives an opportunity to explore additional places on the property at your own pace. We can't wait to go on the "behind the scenes" tour, which includes the attic... More 

1 Thank baughmanfamily91
Skagway, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 December 2016 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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Reviewed 29 November 2016 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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