We stopped in Georgetown recently to visit the small town and stop in to visit the Rice Museum. This is a small museum that documents the growing of rice in this part of South Carolina. Few outsiders are aware that rice was the dominant cash crop in the 18th and 19th centuries in South Carolina. This part of the country was good for growing rice because of the availability of fresh water from rivers and the ability to flood field due to the rise and fall of the river because of tidal action backing up the rivers. Further, the availability of slave labor as critical. Some land owners had 500 to 1000 slaves working their rice fields. The museum provides great information about this crop in South Carolina.
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