Carolina Gold Rice –
The Golden Crop of The Antebellum Low Country
Did you know that Georgia and South Carolina Low Country areas were the home of rice during the 1700’s and 1800’s? The area was the location of many plantations growing a commercial commodity, which made the area known for rice and the plantation owners financially successful.
Rice was a West African crop, grown by people with the knowledge and skills to plant and harvest the crop. Adding rice to the crops grown in the new country (America) involved bringing people to the country who knew how to get the crops quickly from start-up to financial success. Africans were brought over to do just that; enslaved and working to make several rice varieties prosper in the area.
Carolina Gold Rice was one such rice. People knew it for its golden heads of rice, which glowed and shimmered in the sunlight. The rice grew well in the Low Country soil, and golden rice fields were successfully developed, harvested, and rice sold.
One family who has a legacy of growing this rice from their enslaved ancestors until today is the Rollen Chalmers family. He wants the tradition and the history to remain known, recognized, and appreciated today and for future generations. He shares his story on Travel Bags With Annita. Click the playlist below to hear his story.
Glenn Roberts is the president of the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation, and on the show, he helps set the context for rice and why it’s so essential to revitalize this heritage crop. His work at Anson Mills produces various delicious grains available for the general public.
Dr. Sarah Ross is the director of the UGA Agricultural Research facility at Wormsloe near Savannah. Sarah leads the project to grow the Carolina Gold Rice and experience the process from start to finish.
Gather ’round and listen to the lively conversation with Annita and Rollen.
And, you’ll want to take note of the website for Wormsloe, one of Georgia’s Historic Sites near Savannah.
Please take a seat as we travel the Lowcountry, finding jewels of info along the way.
Oh, and leave a comment and let us know what you thought of the show.
Here’s the playlist:
Plan a visit to the Georgia State Historic Site – Wormsloe Visit the Wormsloe website for hours, directions and more information.
Photos from our two days cutting rice.
A quick look at the action in the rice field.