CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Middleton Place Plantation will offer visitors a glimpse of Lowcountry history with its Plantation Days event.
Plantation Days brings together more than 40 costumed interpreters and volunteers who demonstrate activities that helped sustain a South Carolina plantation in the 18th and 19th centuries.
"The interpretive framework of the Gardens and House Museum is told primarily from the Middleton family's point-of-view," says Stableyards Interpretive Manager Jeff Neale. "The goal of Plantation Days is also to present a microcosm of daily plantation life in the Stableyards through the lens of the enslaved Africans and African Americans who were here, and illustrate the necessary means for sustaining a working and active plantation."
Interpreters researched from the Middleton Place archives to design the programming. Like many Lowcountry planters, the Middletons kept meticulous records on their holdings and agricultural efforts, including account books, journals, and personal letters.
The family's primary source of income was Carolina Gold Rice, but their plantations also served as the building supply store of the day – manufacturing implements and materials needed for farming, cooking, construction and textiles.
Sharon Cooper-Murray, a professional Gullah storyteller and historian, will give performances relating traditional Gullah folktales and Gullah culture to add to the authenticity and educational opportunities to visitors.
Plantation Days and its family-friendly programs will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 14 and 15. Activities are free with paid admission to Middleton Place.