Butler Island Rice Plantation

  • Address: US 17
  • Vicinity: Butler Island, 1 mi S of Darien
  • Type: Historic District
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Historic District



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1793/00/00 Pierce Butler Owner Enslaved African Americans work Pierce Butler's 300 acre rice plantation on Butler Island.
1838/12/00 Fanny Kemble Author Pierce Mease Butler's wife, English actress Fannie Kemble sojourns at Butler Plantaion in the winter and spring of 1838-1839. She writes a "Journal of a Residence On A Georgia Plantation" which describes the horrors of slavery. Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838-1839 Slavery In America
1859/03/03 On 2-3 March 1859, Pierce Mease Butler avoids bankruptcy by selling 436 enslaved Americans for $303,850 at Ten Broeck racetrack near Savannah, Georgia. Known as "The Weeping Time", the sale is the largest single slave auction in United States history. Slavery In America
1866/00/00 Pierce Mease Butler and his daughter, Frances, return to Butler island and worked to revitalize their plantations.
1870/00/00 Owen Wister Visitor Owen Wister often visits his Aunt Frances' Sea Island Plantation.
1876/00/00 Frances attempts for several years to make the estates profitable. In 1883, she publishes "Ten Years on a Georgia Plantation Since the War" depicting life during Reconstruction and promoting the benefits of the antebellum slavery.
1927/00/00 Two-story home built for Col T L Huston, a half-owner of the New York Yankees, who had a Guernsey dairy farm and a successful truck farming operation that shipped iceberg lettuce grown in the restored rice fields.
1930/00/00 Babe Ruth Visitor Babe Ruth visits Cap Huston.

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Particulars for Butler Island Rice Plantation:
Cultural Affiliation African American
Cultural Affiliation Antebellum
Cultural Affiliation Black American
Sight Category Historic District
Agriculture Plantation
Cultural Affiliation Sea Islanders
Crime Slavery

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