Historian Charles Philips Gives Presentation on Inland Rice

Brockington Historian Charles Philips gave a presentation entitled “It Thrives Best in Wild Land: Understanding Colonial-era Inland Rice Agriculture and its Origins” at The Ponds in Summerville on July 29th. The presentation covered the Colonial-era system by which early settlers grew rice in swamps and lowlands using ditches and dykes to divert water into fields. Inland rice production brought wealth to the low country of South Carolina, but also resulted in the importation of African slaves to work in the rice fields. Philips also shared his research on the production of inland rice in the area that would become The Ponds. The 1,950-acre planned community has a 1,100-acre nature conservancy where several good examples of this Colonial-era technology are preserved.

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