May, 1999 Mel Gibson experienced Mansfield Plantation first-hand during location filming of The Patriot, an action-packed drama about South Carolina's fight against the British Redcoats during the Revolutionary War in 1776.

In 1776 South Carolina, widower and legendary war hero Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) finds himself thrust into the midst of the American Revolutionary War as he helplessly watches his family torn apart by the savage forces of the British Redcoats. Unable to remain silent, he recruits a band of reluctant volunteers, including his idealistic patriot son, Gabriel (Heath Ledger), to take up arms against the British. Fighting to protect his family's freedom and his country's independence, Martin discovers the pain of betrayal, the redemption of revenge and the passion of love.

"A Thunderous Spectacle...THE PATRIOT packs a Wallop." -Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE

"Two Thumbs Up!" -Roger Ebert and Joyce Kullhawik, ROGER EBERT AND THE MOVIES

The filmmakers designed an artificial facade to the house so that it could be burned down during the film.

Mel Gibson heads down the oak alley.

A view down oak alley from the front porch.

Another view from the side.
Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) heads to war.
Another view down the oak alley.

Horse and carriage pass by the slave village, which has not changed in over 200 years.

British soldiers approach the main home at night. The School House (now two guest rooms) is in the background.

A night shot of oak alley.

The women and children run for cover.
Hiding from the British soldiers.
British soldiers fire at the distraction.

Fleeing the home after setting it ablaze.

The plantation home burns to the ground. For this scene, four fire engines are standing guard behind the artificial facade to protect the main house from any fire damage.

All photos are from the movie The Patriot,
© Columbia Pictures/Centropolis.

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