Experience a Historic Thanksgiving (II)
Were you contemplating about something to do for the holidays which is out of the ordinary? Why not step back in time — and take the family with you — as you enjoy traditional feasts and celebrations at a historic plantation, settlement or estate.
Historic Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving at Middleton Place – Charleston, SC
Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark and home to America's Oldest Landscaped Parks. The Garden Club of America has called the 65 acres "the most important and most interesting garden in America, and have been planned so that there is something blooming at Middleton Place year-round.
The annual Thanksgiving dinner at Middleton Place features a menu filled with Turkey Day favorites, involving Carved Turkey and Gravy, Sweet Com Pudding, Carved Honey-Glazed Ham, White Rice, Mashed Potatoes, Herbed Dressing, Green Bean Casserole, Macaroni Pie, Mixed Greens Salad and House Dressing, Cornbread, Cranberry Sauce, assorted Pies and much more.
Thanksgiving at Middleton Place can be attended from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. under the antique Live Oaks of the 272-year-old plantation in the Pavilion and beneath a stylish, heated sailcloth tent.
The cost of the Thanksgiving buffet includes reduced admission to Middleton Place. Visitors are invited to stroll the ancient camellia allees, roam the rolling terraces, and gather around the awe-inspiring Middleton Oak before dinner or afterwards. The Plantation Stableyards will be available as well and guided House Museum tour and Carriage rides will be accessible for an additional fee that supports the not-for-profit Middleton Place Foundation.
Historic Thanksgiving: Houmas House Thanksgiving — Burnside, Louisiana
Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, is a historic plantation compound and house gallery in Burnside, Louisiana. The plantation was founded in the late-1700s, with the present main house finalized in 1840. It was named in honor of the native Houma people, who initially occupied this region of Louisiana. The complex, with its eight buildings and one structure, and the 10 acres was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 27, 1980.
The annual Thanksgiving buffet is an elegant affair. The menu is Creole and Cajun inspired and includes other traditional Louisiana faire skillfully prepared by award-winning executive Chef, Jeremy Langlios. The menu also features Cajun-fried turkey.
Historic Thanksgiving: Oak Alley Plantation—Vacherie, Louisiana
Celebrate the Christmas Season in one of the southland's most beautiful settings as Oak Alley Plantation celebrates its Annual Christmas Bonfire Party. This year marks the 39th anniversary. The mansion will be dressed in fresh fruit, greenery and seasonal flower-patterned arrangements, suggestive of Creole Christmases past. Delightful Cajun / Creole buffet, open bar, animated dance band, and loads of good cheer combine to heighten the holiday spirit throughout the famous alley of oaks and the lovely antebellum mansion.
As guests arrive and walk the illuminated path to the back of the mansion, they will be greeted by tour guides in antebellum dresses. On the terrace, a brass quintet welcomes arriving guests. Upon entering the terrace of the Big House, professionally dressed catering staff will be serving hors d'oeuvres on silver platters. Food stations and open premium taverns are set within and nearby the mansion. This event is held in an open house format with a main buffet net in the formal dining mom and chef style stations set around the veranda. Tables and seats are placed on and around the terrace located in front of the mansion.