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Near Summerville in Dorchester County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Middleton Place / Arthur Middleton
 
Middleton Place / Arthur Middleton Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, November 15, 2008
1. Middleton Place / Arthur Middleton Marker
 
Inscription. (Front text)
Middleton Place
These famous gardens were laid out about 1741 by Henry Middleton (1717-84), President of Continental Congress. His son Arthur, Signer of the Declaration Of Independence, lived here as did his son Henry (1770-1846), Governor of S.C. and Minister to Russia, who introduced the comellias. His son Williams (1809-83) planted the first azaleas. The original residence was looted and burned by Federal forces in 1865.

(Reverse text)
Arthur Middleton
Planter, Patriot, Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Born here June 26, 1742, Arthur Middleton, after receiving his education in England, returned to make his home here in 1763. He served in the Commons House of Assembly, the Provincial Congress, the Council of Safety, the Continental Congress, the militia, and the state legislature. He died Jan. 1, 1787, and is buried in the garden here.
 
Erected 1964 by S.C. Daughters of American Colonists and Daughters of Colonial Wars. (Marker Number 18-4.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks, and the Signers of the Declaration of Independence marker series.
 
Location. 32° 53.981′ N, 80° 
 
Middleton Place / Arthur Middleton Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, November 15, 2008
2. Middleton Place / Arthur Middleton Marker
 
8.441′ W. Marker is near Summerville, South Carolina, in Dorchester County. Marker is on Ashley River Road (State Road 61), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4300 Ashley River Road, Charleston SC 29414, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Archdale Hall (approx. 2.2 miles away); Windsor Hill Plantation (approx. 3.4 miles away); a different marker also named Windsor Hill Plantation (approx. 3.4 miles away); Magnolia Plantation (approx. 3.5 miles away); Royal Judge John Drayton (approx. 3.5 miles away); The Rev. John G. Drayton (approx. 3.6 miles away); Colonial Dorchester (approx. 3.7 miles away); Fort Dorchester (approx. 3.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Summerville.
 
Regarding Middleton Place / Arthur Middleton. Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark and a carefully preserved 18th-century plantation that has survived revolution, Civil War, and earthquake. It was the home of four important generations of Middletons, beginning with Henry Middleton, President of the First Continental Congress; Arthur, a signer of the Declaration of Independence; Henry, Governor of South Carolina and an American Minister to Russia; and Williams, a signer of the Ordinance of Secession.
 
Also see . . .
 
It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1971, Plaque erected in 1972 Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1971, Plaque erected in 1972
National Register Number: 71000770
Resource type: District.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling.
Congressional District: SC-1 Certified Local Government: NO
Current use/information: House and gardens are open to the public..
 

1. Middleton Place, Wikipedia entry. (65 acres) is an eighteenth-century former rice plantation with the earliest extensive formal gardens laid out in the thirteen colonies, located along the Ashley River (Submitted on December 7, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Low Country Interludes, Saturday, April 19, 2008. By Gretchen McKay, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Middleton Place~ was burned and looted by Union troops in 1865, then suffered more damage during the great Charleston earthquake of 1886. (Submitted on December 7, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

3. Arthur Middleton biography. (Submitted on December 8, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Middleton Place / Arthur Middleton Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2008
4. Middleton Place / Arthur Middleton Marker
Looking north along Ashley River Road( SC-61)
 
 
Middleton Place House Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, April 2006
5. Middleton Place House
in Charleston was built in 1775 as a gentleman''s guest wing beside the family residence. Today it serves as a museum. It is the only surviving portion of the three-building residential complex that once stood overlooking the Ashley River.
 
 
Middleton Place Photo, Click for full size
Courtesy of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History
6. Middleton Place
 
 
Middleton Place Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, November 15, 2008
7. Middleton Place
 
 
Middleton Place Garden, from the house, as seen today Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, April 2006
8. Middleton Place Garden, from the house, as seen today
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,368 times since then. Last updated on February 19, 2009, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 7, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   6. submitted on November 11, 2009, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina.   7, 8. submitted on December 7, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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