You cannot travel the Southern United States without visiting a plantation. And Boone Hall Plantation is one of the oldest here – it was founded in the 17thcentury, which is very old for the US. It was really interesting to hear the history of the slaves that worked here from a descendant of the slaves working at this plantation.
We found it especially interesting what happened, when all the slaves were suddenly free. Most of them didn’t know where to go or what to work, so they did stay and continued working the same “job” they had before. But instead of real money they got accommodation, food, and some replacement currency (“wood nickels”) which were only good at the market on the owner’s property. Like this, the owners could kind of enslave their former slaves again, dictate the prices in the market and encourage the workers to get loans at the market to be able to buy more expansive goods.
We’ve never seen cotton fields close-up, nor did we touch it. It’s very special, it really feels like cotton already, like you would touch a fluffy T-Shirt.
Geese.. unfortunately not the best picture, but they were amazing.
See Three on the Road further South in Edisto Beach.
Leave a Reply