I spent the morning at the Rosedown Plantation built in 1835 by the Turnbulls. This was a cotton plantation consisting of 3500 acres and an average of 250 slaves. The property has 28 acres of private gardens with statues, fountains and every type of garden you can imagine. It also boasts a 300 year old Loblolly Pine that they have put a lightning rod in the top of to keep it from catching fire and a 250 year old Live Oak. The home contains 90% of the original furnishings and artifacts from the family, as it was continuously owned by family members until 1955 and then by philanthropists until it became a State Park in 2000. A peaceful stroll through a sunny, beautiful garden makes for a perfect day in my book!