Butler Island Plantation

Butler Island Plantation

Year Erected: 1957

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, inspired by the canals in Holland and installed by enslaved laborers, 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 1838-39, Pierce Butler`s wife, the brilliant English actress, Fanny 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.

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