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Cypress Gardens Open Again

If, like many of us, you love a swamp, then Cypress Gardens should be on your agenda. They have a Swamparium! The one-time Dean Hall rice plantation  has been a park for decades. A massive flood in 2015 enveloped the … Continue reading

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Architectural Digest Visits Mulberry Plantation

In 2016, the venerable magazine of building design, Architectural Digest ran a piece on  the enigmatic style of Mulberry Plantation. I missed that for the blog at the time. But the piece is now available online.  The emphasis in on the … Continue reading

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Recent National Press Interest in Gullah-Geechee

Two national publications spread the word on the Gullah-Geechee and rice culture. The magazine Essence published an article on “Honoring the Gullah-Geechee As Architects of a Well Seasoned South.” The drew upon chefs and scholars to highlight, among otehr valuable … Continue reading

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Tomotley Rice Plantation Goes on Market

 Tomotley Plantation in the ACE Basin has gone on the real estate market with an asking price of ten million dollars. The plantation began as a King’s Grant 350 years ago. In more recent times its exceptional Live Oak alley … Continue reading

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Hurricanes, Florence and Evacuating the Rice Kingdom

With the approach of Hurricane Florence this week, many news outlets took note of the fact that frequently Gullah people do not evacuate. Stories covering that topic can be found in: The New York Times (disappointingly, they suggest St. Helena … Continue reading

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Effort Afoot to Preserve Historic AME Church in Rice Kingdom

The Star News published a story highlighting efforts by the North Carolina Land Trust to preserve the historic Reaves Chapel AME church. The chapel dates to the 1880s in the Cape Fear Region known as Navassa. Navassa is a collection … Continue reading

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The Daise’s Career as Gullah Educators and Artists Continues

I have had the privileged of meeting Ron and Natalie Daise. They are consummate performers. To be that would be enough, but each has additional skills and callings. Natalie has become an artist of Lowcountry ad Gullah themed paintings. Ron … Continue reading

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Sandy Island, Gullah Culture and Rice Culture

The South Strand News covered the Friends of the Waccamaw Library’s program on Sandy Island in Georgetown County, SC. The wonderful historian Lee Brockington of Hobcaw Barony led the program. If you don’t know much about Sandy Island the article, … Continue reading

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Rice Connections in the African Diaspora

In December 2016, ethno-botanist and Trinidad native Francis Morean sponsored and organized the first Hill Rice Symposium on the island nation. This blog’s author had the privileged of being a presenter and participant. A number of distinguished persons representing different … Continue reading

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Wedgefield Plantation Historical Sketch and Update

Wedgefield Plantation on the Black River at the outskirts of Georgetown went from rice to golf and houses quite a few years ago. The South Strand News offered a nice summary of the plantation’s history.   The Golf club’s site … Continue reading

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