North of Charleston, South Carolina near Fort Moultrie is a National Park Service (NPS) site dedicated to preserving the memory of one of the forgotten framers of the U.S. Constitution. Charles Pinckney served as an officer during the American Revolution and a delegate to the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Before his death in 1824, he would go on to be four-term Governor of South Carolina, ambassador to Spain, and member of both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
Museum, historic home, nature trail
The low-country cottage that serves as the NPS visitor center and museum was built in 1828, probably on top of the foundation for the Pinckney’s plantation house. It is filled with artifacts and information on the Pinckney family and their slaves that farmed rice and indigo. The NPS rangers were very welcoming to us here when we visited during our Pretirement year in 2016. This site is free to visit and located across from the well-known Boone Hall Plantation (admission charged).
A short trail leads to an overlook of the tidal river area, but watch out for poison-ivy and ticks.
The live oak trees growing on the property are beautiful with twisting branches draped in Spanish moss.
The access roads are paved except for the last part on NPS property which is well-packed sand and gravel.
No camping at the site, but there are options outside Charleston in Francis Marion National Forest.
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Explore More – The NPS property is only 28 acres of the original 715-acre Snee Farm, part of the original royal land grant given to Richard Butler in what year?
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Looks like a lovely place to visit. I love the photo of the old Live Oaks. If only they could talk. What interesting stories they must have. Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks for leaving a comment! It makes a nice day trip combination with a ferry out to Fort Sumter.