Oak Alley at Boone Hall Plantation

I started the second day of my Book Tour for my new historical fiction novel Noble Cause at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., just outside of Charleston. You can’t help but be awed by the long tree-lined drive (called Oak Alley), but I was also overwhelmed by the beautiful azaleas — all in full bloom. They were breath-taking and a lovely sight after leaving dreary, cold Pennsylvania.

Boone Hall Plantation House

The son of Major John Boone planted the live oak trees that line the drive in 1743, arranging them in two evenly spaced rows. It has taken two centuries for the massive, moss-draped branches to meet overhead.

Boone Hall is one of America’s oldest working, living plantations, having continuously grown and produced crops for more than 320 years. Once known for cotton and pecans, they still actively produce strawberries, tomatoes, and pumpkins.

Boone Hall Plantation House

It was a beautiful day to walk the grounds of this stately home, and I was glad to see school children there, learning about life in the 1800s.

From the plantation, I took the short drive over to Boone Hall Farms, which is a quaint, little market that offers the fresh produce grown on the plantation. I met a lot of wonderful people and had a great time signing copies of Noble Cause.

After the book signing, I took the short trip to Beaufort, with one little detour to visit the Sheldon Church Ruins. This is an historical site that I cannot even put into words. I think I’ll save it for Day 3 of my Tour. Stop back tomorrow!

Jessica James


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