Beginning today, visitors to Middleton Place will be able to experience first-hand the agricultural history of the plantation through a new interpretive space.
This latest addition to the historic landmark is the result of a partnership between MWV and the Middleton Place Foundation. Thanks to a generous gift from MWV, visitors will be able to learn more about how plantation owners, slaves, and later free African Americans, created and maintained the plantation. Visitors will see, feel, and experience the labor and skills required in tending a garden, pounding, polishing and fanning rice, and the sights and smells of indigo processing.
MWV’s donation to the Middleton Place Foundation for this new agricultural space totals more than $15,000.
"At MWV, we are passionate about connecting people to the land and its history,” said Kenneth T. Seeger, president, MWV Community Development and Land Management. “Through our partnership with the Middleton Place Foundation, we hope visitors will enjoy experiencing the important role of agriculture in early South Carolina life."
“We’re looking forward to having adult visitors, families and school groups come to experience the newest addition,” said Tracey Todd, Vice President Museums, Middleton Place Foundation. “Another part of our shared history will be brought to life through the interpretive space. We’re grateful to MWV for their support in making this possible.”
The first opportunity for visitors to explore the new agricultural space will be on Thursday, Sept. 13, during the annual Carolina Gold Rice ‘Day of Concentration’ at Middleton Place.
Middleton Place is open 364 days a year. For more information about times and location, individuals should visit MiddletonPlace.org.