SUMMERVILLE, SC - In the 18th and 19th centuries, rice was the primary crop grown in the Lowcountry. On Sunday, February 26th from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., you’re invited to walk the historic rice fields located at The Ponds in Summerville. Meet at the Kolter Design Center at 105 Collared Dove Circle, Summerville, SC 29483 for a brief presentation and then head out to the fields for a walk. Bring your walking shoes or boots, binoculars, and look forward to a day of a learning and fun. There is no charge to attend and guests are invited to register their participation by email to Kirstel Gibbs at email@example.com.
Sponsored by The Ponds Conservancy, attendees will walk around the main rice field adjacent to Schulz Lake, which is one of the areas conserved in the 1,000 acre protected area managed by the Conservancy. Guests will see the remains of this ancient field system developed in the mid-1700s by one of the owners and enslaved African Americans and realize the amazing labor and design that went into the building, operating, and maintaining these fields, and producing the crop that made South Carolina the wealthiest colony in British North America.
Brockington and Associates historian Charles Philips conducts this annual talk and brief exploration of the eighteenth century rice fields at The Ponds.
The non-profit Ponds Conservancy is a component of The Ponds community. The Conservancy manages and guards the historic home, important archeological sites and more 1,000 acres of open space as well as a wildlife refuge, National Register of Historic Places eligible archaeological sites, walking and running trails, and parks at The Ponds community where Kolter Homes is the developer and builder.
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