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Published: January 7th 2011
sweetgrass baskets made by slaves for multiple practical purposes these are now made as artwork and in downtown Charleston and along the roads cost about $60 for a 4 inch handmade basket and $160 for a decent sized basket
To continue our daytrips in South Carolina we spent this day at Boone Plantation, I had originally planned on splitting the day trip up between this plantation and Caw Caw Intrerpretive center but there was so much to do here that we stayed until closing and still didn't see everything. You will notice that tyhere are no interior shots of the Plantation Main house, this is because it is still occupied and the present owners have requested that there be no photography inside the house. That said we did take a tour of the main house and found it decorated for Christmas still with a tour of the library which was also used as a schoolroom, a ladies afternoon retreat and a place for parties, the main hall, the dining room and the breezeway ( I can't remember the actual name for this ) and there was also the gun room which had narrow doors to discourage ladies wearing hoop skirts from entering ( one of the first man caves ) All except the gun room had two Christmas trees beautifully decorated and exquisite furniture. The gun rooms furniture was plainer and had one tree. The plantation had five owners during
You are probably wondering why so many bricks, well the third owners discovered vast quantities of clay and apart from constructing the slave cabins, the main house and the smokehouse ran a sizeable profit using slaves to produce over four million bricks per year
its existence and had hard economic times after the civil war and after the depression. There is a photo of brick slave cabins...these would have been reserved for slaves like the house cook, the minister, the boatwright and any slaves with special skills. They would have shared one cabin per slave family and sometimes two families would share a cabin. Slaves worked on the first patchwork quilts because they received a blanket once every three years. Slaves working in the cotton field would have been in floorless wooden shanties. There are none of the original wooden cabins still in existence. There is however a wooden general store left over from filming Alex Haley's Queen. North and South was also filmed here if the plantation looks familiar to you its probably because you saw it on one of these two specials. It is also the most photographed plantation in South Carolina. I heartily suggest visiting if you have the opportunity.
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