An example of the elegance and grandeur of colonial architecture, the aesthetic tranquility of European gardens, and the quiet simplicity of centuries past, Middleton Place on the outskirts of Charleston, South Carolina, represents a complex history of war and peace, frugality and wealth, and sorrow and joy in the South of lore Once a flourishing rice plantation on the Ashley River, Middleton Place is now a National Historic Landmark and a popular tourist destination for those invested in Southern history, culture, agriculture, and economics Middleton Place s main attraction remains its lavish terraced gardens and sweeping vistas of the riverfront, the results of a decade of work by some one hundred slaves both aspects well documented and explored through the site s exhibits and interpreters With exquisite photography and detailed accounts, this guide to the property invites readers to discover the rich legacy of Middleton Place and of those who once lived and labored on these lands First settled in the late seventeenth century, Middleton Place served as the family seat to four generations of the Middleton family, including Henry Middleton, a member of the Continental Congress his son Arthur, a signer of the Declaration of Independence Arthur s son Henry, governor of South Carolina and diplomat to Russia and Henry s son Williams, a signer of the Ordinance of Secession After the destruction of much of property during the Civil War, Middleton Place went neglected for decades until Middleton descendant J J Pringle Smith undertook restoration efforts in 1916 This handsome guide to the property offers insights into the history and restoration of a landmark later deemed by the Garden Club of America as the most interesting and most important garden in America....
|Title||:||Middleton Place: A Phoenix Still Rising|
|Publisher||:||University of South Carolina Press July 15, 2012|
|Number of Pages||:||80 pages|
|File Size||:||665 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Middleton Place: A Phoenix Still Rising Reviews
Have been to MIddleton Place a couple of times and loved it. Great book.
Middleton Place, a National Historic Landmark since 1972, is both a place and a story. Described in 1839 as having "more signs of civilization" than anything seen in America (including a 10,000 volume library) and compared to an Italian villa and an English country seat by eighteenth- and nineteenth-century visitors, the magnificent estate suffered a Civil War burning at the hands of Union troops, a devastating earthquake, and then decades of total neglect. But the bones of the garden prevailed and allowed it to be painstakingly resurrected brick-by-brick. Today a remaining wing of the home houses a stunning collection of authentic pieces passed down through generations of the Middleton family. The stable yards with costumed artisans actively demonstrate the self-sustaining rice plantation life of a bygone era.
This reader was transported into another world by author Charles Duell's stunning new publication, "MIDDLETON PLACE, A Phoenix Still Rising", about the historic Middleton Place Gardens and House Museum in Charleston, South Carolina.
It has been an immense pleasure to read Mr. Duell`s new book on Middleton Place. It tells the story of the magnificent plantation, on the Ashley River near Charleston, South Carolina, well known as the oldest and very likely the finest landscaped gardens in America. It is beautifully written, recounting the history from the earliest owners, Henry Middleton and his son, Arthur, founding fathers of this country. The splendid photographs, and other art forms, show the beauty of the gardens and help to tell its history. It is very interesting to see the working part of the plantation, including the animals. After reading it you will want to leave it out on a table for others to enjoy.
Beautifully written and painstakingly researched, this book on the history of "America's foremost gardens" was a pleasure to read. Not only is it a must read for all dedicated gardeners, antique enthusiasts and American history buffs alike will surely find it fascinating as well. The dedication and loving efforts of the descendents of Henry and Arthur Middleton to restore and preserve this exiquisite American treasure is nothing short of remarkable.title
The first time I visited Middleton Place when I was a senior in high school in 1961,I fell in love with everything about it and have returned many times over the years. Whenever I go to Charleston, Middleton is a "must," no matter how often I have enjoyed it. I knew a little about its storied past from the brochures that you pick up as a tourist, but now, this book tells the entire fascinating history of a magical place. Now, I can't wait until my next visit because my understanding of Middleton is so much greater. And the photos are magnificent!