The Real Estate Market for Antebellum and Civil War Battle site Homes

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.

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Middleburg Plantation Changes Hands

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 Р326  Рyet 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.


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Artist Jonathan Green Continues to Educate and Inspire

Jonathan Green received a nice treatment in the Charleston City Paper in which they highlighted his many current projects tied to educating people about the Rice Kingdom. In addition to being the founder and leader of the Lowcountry Rice Culture Project, he is renowned for his art work, public speaking appearances, illustrating a kid’s book on Robert Smalls and designing sets for a revival of Porgy and Bess.

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General Anthony Wayne – Failed Rice Planter

General Anthony Wayne is best-known as a successful Revolutionary War officer from Pennsylvania. His successes in that war earned him the gift of two rice plantations from the Georgia legislature. Richmond and Kew plantation had been confiscated from Loyalists and they required investment and slaves. Wayne attempted it but in the early 1790s deeded the lands and slaves back to his creditors.

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The Slave Dwelling Project Comes to Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

Joe McGill, the intrepid and inspired person behind the Slave Dwelling Project has been traveling from state-to-state for years now in order to stay in slave houses that remain standing. His next over-night will be at Hofwyl-Broadfield rice plantation near Brunswick, Georgia.  The plantation was a major one in the southern-most corner of that state and the southern-most corner of the Rice Kingdom.

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Archeology of Rice Culture in Cape Fear Region

A nice article appeared this week on archeological work being conducted by the Chicora Foundation at Kendal Plantation. They believe it is the first permanent English site in the Cape Fear area.

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When Freedom Came to Limerick Plantation

The author Ed Ball wrote an essay in the New York Times to commemorate and muse over the memory of the Sesquicentennial of emancipation on his family’s rice plantation, Limerick.

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Hampton Plantation Excavation Project

Excavation efforts to reveal more about the lives of slaves on Hampton Plantation have resumed. The multi-year archeological effort has focused in the slave village of the state park. Hampton is famous in part due to the writings of Archibald Rutledge who lived on it after the end of rice culture.

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Laurel Hill Plantation: From Rice to Recreation

Recently Laurel Hill Plantation in Mt. Pleasant became open to the public with multi-use recreational trails. The plantation is among the oldest in the state and has included a brick yard, rice culture and cotton production. The Park system of Charleston County has a twenty-five year lease to operate it with options beyond that.

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Plum Hill on the Combahee Profiled in the WSJ

The Wall Street Journal ran a substantial and well illustrated piece on Plum Hill Plantation. Plum Hill had been through many iterations over time but in the antebellum era period had been among the Heyward family rice plantations. in the 1990s a number of scenes for “Forrest Gump” took place on the land as a stand in for Alabama. Like most ACE Basin plantations today, the family uses it as a hunting preserve.

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