- This 1700's rice plantation that was once 5500 acres offers one of the best insights into the life of enslaved Africans who utilized their homeland skills in an agricultural industry that made Charleston one of the richest cities in colonial America. Now a 654-acre historical, cultural and natural museum, visitors have a unique opportunity to walk swamp trails and see natural wildlife just like plantation workers. An interpretive center introduces the visitor to the "Caw Caw Swamp", then guided tours into rice fields with interconnecting boardwalks and view archaeological digs of a plantation house burned by Sherman during the Civil War. Bird walks and canoeing trips on the sea marshes are two popular programs. Bring binoculars, bottled water, picnic lunch or snack and insect repellent. - Natasha Lawrence
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