The Middleton Place Foundation fosters an essential American experience with a mission.


The MISSION of the Middleton Place Foundation is to sustain the highest levels of preservation and interpretation of the collections and programs of the Middleton Place National Historic Landmark outside Charleston, South Carolina. 

Home to the oldest landscaped gardens in America and an enduring, vibrant, and essential part of the Charleston and American experience, Middleton Place is owned and operated by the Middleton Place Foundation, a 501(c)(3) educational trust established in 1974.


Why is it important?
  • The Foundation exists in the service of understanding of the Middleton family and the enslaved people who made a way of life and an economic empire possible. When we stand on the same land as generations of the enslaved and the free, take in the home’s exquisite beauty and its inherent brutality, we understand the stories of Middleton Place are American stories. Keeping these stories alive inspires imagination, understanding and empathy, and in doing so, lead us into the next chapter.

How do they do it?
  • The Foundation, an educational trust, established in 1974, uses historic preservation, documented research, and interpretation as a force for education, understanding and positive change.
  • Among the recent activities of the Foundation that are of particular note are various programming initiatives that speak to the contributions of the enslaved Africans and African Americans who built and sustained Middleton Place throughout its nearly 300-year history. The Foundation's commitment to fully and properly telling the story of the enslaved people who lived and worked here is longstanding.
How you can #TravelKindly:
  • Choose the Middleton Place Foundation as your local charity when booking through Kind Traveler.
  • Visit Middleton Place. Travelers and locals, through their admission fees, provide support to the ongoing mission of the Middleton Place Foundation. A "one-day experience" is virtually the definition of what transpires when visitors arrive at this popular, historic site.
  • Plan to spend a minimum of two hours to tour the Gardens, House Museum and Plantation Stableyards of Middleton Place 

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