Visiting the Butler Island Rice Plantation in Darien, Georgia.
In the 1790s, Major Pierce Butler planted the land on the Altamaha Delta, which provided perfect conditions for growing rice. In 1838, the major’s grandson, Captain Pierce Butler, who married British stage actress Fanny Kemble, arrived at the plantation for a six-month working visit. Kemble, who was not familiar with the reality of slavery, immediately became very opposed to the treatment of the slaves. She penned her feelings and eventually published the notes in a book called “Journal of a Resident on a Georgia Plantation,” which some say helped persuade the British to oppose slavery and the Civil War. ~ ExploreGeorgia
The site, now owned by The Nature Conservancy, is open to the public for exploring, fishing, photography, and picnics.
Historical Marker reads…
Pierce Butler and his daughter, Frances, who shared his interest in the South, returned to Butler Island in 1866, and worked to rehabilitate the plantations. Pierce Butler died in 1867, but Frances continued for several years to manage the Island acreage. She wrote a book, “Ten Years On A Georgia Plantation,” an interesting and valuable account of life in this section during the Reconstruction. Owen Wister, famous author of “The Virginian,” and other novels, was the son of Sarah Butler, sister of Frances. He often visited Butler Island plantation.
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