In 1681, Boone Hall Plantation began its long history in the Lowcountry. From the Boone family through the McRaes, the plantation's residents, black and white, all left a significant imprint upon the land as the plantation survived two wars and became the longest running brickyard in the area. As a center of tourism, Boone Hall embodies the romance of the South while providing the resources necessary to understand the network of lives that has inhabited the plantation for over 300 years. The plantation is tightly linked with the community and draws upon that relationship in its many educational programs. Numerous festivals are celebrated at the plantation, including the Strawberry Festival and Happy Jack's Pumpkin Patch, and many seek the unique landscape for their social gatherings. Through these relationships and events, Boone Hall will endure well into the future.
Author Michelle Adams has been a Lowcountry resident for 12 years. While attending the College of Charleston, she learned about Boone Hall's history and charm as a tour guide at the plantation. As a graduate student, she focused her historical research on Boone Hall, helping to unlock some of its past and discovering that many photographs existed that could be used to tell its story. She has worked with several nonprofits over the years and currently works at the South Carolina Aquarium.