Due to a special program, there will be no 1 or 3 pm tours on Saturday, December 16. Historic Tours will also not be offered on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, but the park will still be open 9 am – 6 pm.
Tours of the historic slave quarters and mansion are offered Thursday-Monday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations are not required but strongly encouraged as there are limited spots. Please call the park office to make a reservation for a tour.
Grounds: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., daily
Guided Tours of the Historic Structures available: Thursday-Monday at 11 a.m. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Access to the mansion is only available on a guided tour.
10 a.m. - 11 a.m., daily. Please note that on Tuesdays and Wednesdays park rangers are often out on the grounds.
Park admission is free. House tours are $10 for adults; $6 for SC Seniors; $5 for children ages 6-15; children age 5 and under are free.
Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet.
Welcome. My name is Chelsea Stutz, and I am the Park Manager at Redcliffe Plantation. I first realized I wanted to be a park ranger when I understood that rangers protect and interpret historic and cultural sites in addition to nature sites. I previously associated park rangers exclusively with trails and campgrounds, but their roles are much more expansive. I wanted the opportunity to protect both cultural and natural resources.
My favorite spot at Redcliffe is the terraced field in the front of the property. It’s a quiet spot from which you can see the mansion, slave quarters and natural landscape. When I’m out there I usually think about all of the history that has occurred at Redcliffe and about the people who lived and worked here.
A first-time visitor to the park should take a tour of the slave quarters and mansion. On tour they will get to learn some of the history of the site and about the people who lived and worked at Redcliffe.
**Our Ultimate Outsider stamp is located at the historic mansion on the side of the mansion closest to the stables.
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, and Wigfalls who worked at the site as enslaved laborers and later as free men and women. Now one of the many historic plantations South Carolina has opened to the public, this site encompasses the ambition, wealth and power of James Henry Hammond as well as the injustices and suffering forced on the hundreds of enslaved peoples who were forced to live and work on the land. A successful cotton planter, congressman, governor and senator, Hammond spent his life defending the southern plantation system and his status within it.
Just one of several historic plantations South Carolina is known for, 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 1861 serve to highlight the plantation’s rich and varied history.
The South Carolina State Park Service preserves historic resources including artifacts, structures, and cultural landscape features that document the layers of history and the patterns of change at Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site and other South Carolina State Historic Sites.
BY THE NUMBERS
1 historic house museum with 4,000+ artifacts from 4 generations of the Hammond family from 1859-1975
2 historic circa 1857 slave cabins, used to interpret the history of generations of families enslaved at Redcliffe
1 expansive porch where you can sit and catch a breeze
1 magnolia lane, perfect for strolling through these old, magnificent magnolias
19 primary source documents, 26 historic images, 100s of stories in the Visitor Center Exhibit
1 small gift shop that gives you the chance to purchase a memento from Redcliffe Plantation
369 acres with a rich and complex history that underlies its beauty
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