Walk historic rice fields at The Ponds in Summerville; History talk about rice cultivation precedes walk

The early history of Carolina’s principal cash crop, rice, is still visible in the swamps of the Lowcountry and particularly at The Ponds. On Sunday, January 28th at 2 p.m. you’re invited to learn more about rice culture in the Carolinas and walk historic rice fields with a professional archaeologist and historian. The event is free, and reservations are required.

Join Charles Philips of Brockington and Associates, one of the principal researchers into rice culture at The Ponds, as he presents a discussion of how The Pond’s rice fields constituted an innovative manipulation of the natural world to increase productivity. At the end of the discussion, Mr. Philips will take the group on a tour of The Ponds rice fields near Schulz Lake which is one of the bodies of water which is protected by The Ponds Conservancy.

The Ponds rice fields were the subject of considerable study from 2007-2010 when Brockington and Associates prepared their Inland Swamp Rice production context for the South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office and the National Register of Historic Places.

Attendees are advised to dress for the weather and wear walking shoes as they will be traversing the old rice field embankments for several hundred yards.

The event, presented by The Ponds Conservancy, takes place at the historically significant Schulz-Lotz Farmhouse, 326 Hundred Oaks Pkwy, Summerville, SC 29483. Reservations are required due to limited space and can be made by via email to pondsevents@associa.us or via phone call to 843.900.8556.

The Ponds Conservancy, a not-for-profit community organization, is a component of The Ponds community. The Conservancy manages and guards the historic home, important archaeological sites and more 1,000 acres of open space as well as a wildlife refuge, National Register of Historic Places eligible archaeological sites, walking and running trails, and parks at The Ponds community where Kolter Homes is the developer and builder.