World famous Boone Hall Plantation spans 738 acres that includes seasonal crop fields, naturally preserved wetlands, creeks, and ponds. The most notable feature of the grounds is the grand "Avenue of Oaks" that was first planted in 1743 and completed by the Horlbeck brothers in 1843. On axis with the front facade of the house, the alley consists of 88 live oak trees and one magnolia, that are evenly spaced, and run 3/4 of a mile from the entrance of the plantation to a pair of brick gateposts. The gateposts are topped with ball finals, hung with formal wrought iron gates and along with a brick serpentine wall enclose the forecourt of the house. To the southeast of the main house is the large Cotton Gin house built in the 1850s. The machinery to process cotton is no longer found, and has since been used as a guest house, restaurant and gift shop by subsequent owners. Due to damage by Hurricane Hugo, the building is no longer habitable and is awaiting renovation. The grounds are a popular venue for weddings in the Charleston area, and was the location for the nuptials of actors Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively in 2012. Boone Hall Plantation has also been recognized by USA TODAY 10 BEST as the #1 plantation in the Charleston area.