(Front text)Middleton Place These famous gardens were laid out about1741 by Henry Middleton (1717-84), Presidentof Continental Congress. His son Arthur,Signer of the Declaration Of Independence,lived here as did his son Henry (1770-1846),Governor of S.C. and Minister to Russia,who introduced the comellias. His sonWilliams (1809-83) planted the first azaleas.The original residence was looted and burnedby Federal forces in 1865.
(Reverse text) Arthur MiddletonPlanter, Patriot, Signer of the Declaration ofIndependence. Born here June 26, 1742,Arthur Middleton, after receiving hiseducation in England, returned to makehis home here in 1763. He served in theCommons House of Assembly, theProvincial Congress, the Council ofSafety, the Continental Congress, themilitia, and the state legislature. He diedJan. 1, 1787, and is buried in the gardenhere.