Rodale’s Organic Gardening did their part to educate their readership about Carolina gold Rice!
I remember reading a short biography of Harriet Tubman in middle school. She amazed me and was the first person I read about who fought against slavery.
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This week’s announcement that Tubman will grace the $20 bill in four years is a milestone. It should lead to a much greater knowledge of her remarkable life. Her bravery and commitment to the cause of freedom was the equal of anyone’s. It takes a special quality to go undercover as she did many times. No mission yielded more spectacular results than the one that resulted in a slave-freeing raid on the Combahee rice plantation in 1863. National Geographic has a nice piece on that event.
Today, the bridge of US Highway 17 that crosses the Combahee is named Harriet Tubman Bridge.
The BBC Travel staff ran a story on Carolina Gold Rice, Charleston, the food scene and such.
The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is supporting efforts by the NC Land Trust and the town of Navassa, a small (est 1500), but growing town in the Rice Kingdom to preserve elements of Gullah history and culture. This grant is to move the town and organization in the direction of protecting historic rice culture land and to investigate the prospects for a Gullah cultural institute in North Carolina.
It seems clear that exciting momentum is building on many fronts as a result of the Gullah Geechee Corridor.
Columnist Farooq Kperogi at All Africa reflects on naming among the Gullah as recorded in Lorenzo Dow Turner in the 1930s. Kperogi’s piece is interesting for several reasons including his comparison to recent or current names in different West African languages.
The Coastal Observer offers a nicely detailed story with background on both the land and post-rice culture owners of a number of Waccamaw Neck plantations. The story focuses on the Arcadia Plantation which will be toured as part of a series of tours focusing on rice plantations as places for field sports especially waterfowl hunting. Future tours will be in the other sub-regions of rice culture in South Carolina, the Pee Dee, Santee and ACE Basin.
Altama Plantation, a historic and well documented rice plantation of some 4,000 acres is now owned by the state of Georgia. See a lengthy and illustrated story in the Atlanta Journal Constitution for more.
The purchase is largely for environmental conservation but the plantation has considerable historic meaning too. James Bagwell wrote Rice Gold: James Hamilton Couper and Plantation Life on the Georgia Coast about the antebellum owner of the plantation.
Adam Parker had a great piece reviewing the changes and improvement to the depth and breadth of slavery interpretation at Rice Kingdom historic sites.
The Wall Street Journal published a piece on the market and for homes near Civil War battlefields or antebellum houses. The featured antebellum house is Chicora Wood plantation. The Allston family used Chicora Wood as it’s premier rice plantation among a collection of Waccamaw-Pee Dee area lands they owned. R.F.W. Alston, owner of Chicora Wood and hundreds of slaves, served as a governor of South Carolina. His daughter Elizabeth A. W. Pringle inherited the plantation and later wrote two books about Postbellum rice planting there.
What is rice plantation worth these days? It’s not so easy a question to answer given all the variables in play. How many acres? Is there an existing house or other structures? What types of easements might exist? Is it convenient to airports, highways, etc.?
Middleburg Plantation in Berkeley County, SC just sold and it gives a pretty good hint at current pricing. The acreage is not large – 326 – yet the property fetched $3,500,000. It is fairly convenient to Charleston (airports, Interstate, city upsides), but it is a pretty rare plantation in that its original house from 1697.
For the record the new owner made his money by founding the Moe’s Southwest Grill chain and the Planet Smoothie chain.