Butler Island Plantation

Butler Island Plantation

Year Erected: 1957Butler Island Plantation

Marker Text: Famous rice Plantation of the 19th century, owned by Pierce Butler of Philadelphia. A system of dikes and canals for the cultivation of rice, installed by engineers from Holland, is still in evidence in the old fields, and has been used as a pattern for similar operations in recent years.

During a visit here with her husband in 1839-40, Pierce Butler`s wife, the brilliant English actress, Fannie Kemble, wrote her “Journal of a Residence On A Georgia Plantation,” which is said to have influenced England against the Confederacy.

Tips for Finding This Marker: Located on Ocean Highway (U.S. 17)  in Darien.

To learn more about this marker topic, visit our Hidden Histories online exhibit.