It was fascinating and slightly horrifying to visit a plantation. Sitting next to this enormous house is a slightly decaying row of original slave cabins dating back to 1790, where around 100 slaves lived and worked. The juxtaposition of the horrors of slavery and the beauty of the property was jarring. We came away from our visit a little sobered to have seen the cabins and walked the same paths that slaves had two hundred years ago.
I would definitely recommend visiting Boone Hall for the Plantation alone. The house tour is disappointing though, so if you want to see a beautiful antebellum mansion, this is definitely not the place.