Celestial Observation House Tours

  • Redcliffe Plantation
  • 181 Redcliffe Road
  • Beech Island, SC 29842
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  • Dates vary
  • Recurring daily
  • Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Admission: Adults: $7.50 // SC Seniors & Kids (6-16): $5

Ill-omens? Scientific phenomena? How did our ancestors in the 19th century interpret celestial events like comets or eclipses? Discover all this and more during Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site's special Celestial Observations house tours during the Great American Solar Eclipse weekend.

These 50-minute tours of Redcliffe's historic plantation mansion will feature historical information about celestial events of the 19th century, our ancestor's reactions to them as well as information about the historic plantation and its inhabitants.

Tours begin at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and last approximately 1 hour.

Completed in 1859, Redcliffe Plantation was once the home of James Henry Hammond, three generations of his descendants, and numerous African-American families like the Henleys, Goodwins, & Wigfalls who worked at the site as slaves and later as free men and women. This site symbolizes the ambition, wealth and power of James Henry Hammond a successful cotton planter, congressman, governor and senator, who spent his life defending the southern plantation system and his status within it. 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 1860 serve to highlight the plantation’s rich and varied history.