Southern beauty


Leviticus 26:13 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high.”(NIV)

            Middleton Place, South Carolina, a few miles away from Magnolia Plantation, is the exact opposite garden with cultivated and formal gardens laid out in 1741.  The gardens surround the only remaining structure on the plantation following the destruction of the home from the Civil War and the earthquake of 1886.   

Middleton Oak in the distance

The house, stable yards and slave house are available to tour and see what life was like for early South Carolina.  The terraced yard in the back floats down to a small rice field and the Ashley River and the alligators sunning themselves. 

            A visit in the spring would show the hills of Azaleas planted to reflect in the water.  It has been in the same family for over 300 years.    Middleton Place has a restaurant and hotel on the property or nearby as well as an Equesterian Center. 

 We had the southern food of heaven:  grits, fried chicken, Hoppin’ Jon, succotash, pulled pork with yellow mustard sauce and pecan pie with sweet tea.  The Low Country of South Carolina provided us with beauty, heat and humidity and the chance to photograph incredible scenes.  But it was sooo exhausting…..

Who do you know how has kept their farm, ranch or home in their family for generations? What do you know about the laborers, slaves, and servants lives in America?  How does oppression shape nations?

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