Guests will be able to experience 18th and 19th century working plantation life. In the Plantation Stableyards, African-American slaves cared for the animals and performed agriculture-related chores. The skilled slaves were also responsible for making tools, pottery, clothing, and other products to support a fully functioning plantation.
The same breeds of water buffalo, sheep, goats, Guinea hogs and poultry, documented to have been at Middleton Place over the past two centuries, can still be seen here today. A weaver, cooper, carpenter, potter and blacksmith are at work demonstrating the skills practiced by artisan slaves. Craft demonstrators and interpretive guides discuss slavery and plantation life from the earliest periods through Emancipation, Reconstruction and the first half of the 20th century.
Enjoy a self-guided tour of the Plantation Stableyards which have been rejuvenated with the installation of period-correct fencing. Black locust posts and rails, define enclosures for large animals of historic breeds that are used today much as they would have been by the Middletons hundreds of years ago. Within the Stableyards, a weaver, cooper, carpenter, potter and blacksmith are at work demonstrating the skills practiced by artisan slaves at Middleton Place. For those interested in the animal husbandry practices of an 18th and 19th century Low Country Plantation, the 30 minute "Meet The Breeds" tour is a must. Offered daily at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.