Middleton Place

This past weekend, I went to a meetup in Charleston, South Carolina. While I was there, I learned a few things about South Carolina, including that they believe that calling a cockroach something else makes it less of a cockroach (it does not), and that the beach had phenomenal shells.

I was only there for a brief time, but I was able to participate in one activity – visiting a historic plantation. The one we chose was Middleton Place, a rice plantation that was the home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a signer of the Ordinance of Succession (two different people, obvs).

It was an interesting place. A volunteer in period garb explained to us how to cooper a barrel and also about how slavery on a rice plantation was slightly different than cotton or tobacco, in that growing rice is a really difficult skill to cultivate (get it) so the relationship between master and slaver was more complex.

I took some photos, but mostly of flowers and animals.

6 thoughts on “Middleton Place

  1. Our enormous cockroaches are known as Palmetto Bugs, and they have wings. When they mount an escape, they fly directly at your face.

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      1. Yes, truly, it is awful. I usually scream, which is not a good idea, what with an enormous winged roach headed in the general direction of your open mouth.

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      2. Girlfriend, I would lose my head entirely. And during my brief stay in SC, I was temporarily trapped in a stairway until my colleague Cat could remove the bug.

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