Rice Museum, Georgetown

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The Rice Museum tour tells of the rice culture in Georgetown County, SC, one of the most colorful chapters in American history, through maps, dioramas, artifacts and other exhibits. It also includes the Browns Ferry Vessel, the oldest vessel of colonial manufacture in the US, exhibits on the Kaminski Hardware Company, Gullah history of the SC low country; Miss Ruby Forsythe, one of SC's great educators; and Joseph Hayne Rainey, the first African American elected to the U.S. Congress. The Rice Museum gift shop includes local arts and crafts as well as jewelry, arts and crafts, and home accessories from around the world. The Prevost gallery features rotating exhibits of art and history.
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  • Well worth a stop. The building itself is interesting. The exhibits provide a thorough yet concise overview of the rice plantation economy. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. 
    Well worth a stop. The building itself is interesting. The exhibits provide a thorough yet concise overview of the rice plantation economy. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable.  more »
  • Very happy we decided to wait for a tour in this special museum. The guide was so knowledgable and offered such a unique perspective on the history of rice, Georgetown, and America in general... 
    Very happy we decided to wait for a tour in this special museum. The guide was so knowledgable and offered such a unique perspective on the history of rice, Georgetown, and America in general...  more »
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  • For history buffs, this is a very cool place! We arrived close to closing so we couldn't see much but there are three levels to the museum. There is a fee to tour parts of the museum which I believe was $5 and I will definitely come back to do it! When we walked in, we were offered champagne or wine. It was delicious! I don't know if this was just a holiday thing so if you go and there's no drink, don't get mad! The artifacts were very cool! They showed artifacts from the Gullah culture which I've started showing an interest in knowing more about and the history of how important rice was to that particular part of SC's region. I didn't even know that there was a distinct version of rice popular to SC until I went here! I loved that there was actual rice that you could buy and try yourself! I wish they had some of that to sample! Worth me taking some vacation days off to tour the rest of Georgetown, SC and eventually Charleston!
  • History comes alive in Georgetown SC at the Rice Museum. West African art and every major book written on the Carolina Rice Plantations and the golden crop - IRT “Carolina Gold” and a plethora of historical stories and drawings as well as many unique artful exhibits dating from the 1700's - the demise of the great plantations in the late 1800’s are covered. Now one must travel to Arkansas or Texas which has the largest acreage in America. The actress, Elizabeth Robertson occasionally speaks at some of these special All Saints Eve Events . She is the well known author of -“Ghost Stories of the Carolina Coast”.

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