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Butler Island Plantation

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Michael Sama wrote a review Jun 2020
6 contributions1 helpful vote
"Those who do not know their history are doomed to repeat it." The story behind the Butler Plantation is one of sadness for those that lived through it, We ALL need to learn and understand the past and how far we have progressed as a society.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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jds754 wrote a review Jun 2019
Monroe, Georgia380 contributions124 helpful votes
This place used to be a rice plantation on the coast. There are but few remnants of what used to be there. The home is boarded up and deteriorating with the weather. There are no tours here to be had.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Stuart O wrote a review Jun 2019
Washington, New Jersey21 contributions2 helpful votes
Behind the plantation house is an excellent kayak launching platform. Up the river is a very nice paddle with a couple of eagle nests. Well worth a stop.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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GilB867 wrote a review May 2019
Memphis, Tennessee612 contributions271 helpful votes
I was disappointed to read several comments on this site stating there is little to see and nothing of historical interest. The property is now owned by the Nature Conservancy and is not open to the public. The current house was built in 1927 not the 1800's. The rice mill chimney and one other brick structure are all that remain from the 1850's. However as for historical significance this site is of great importance for many reasons. The property was developed in 1790 by Major Pierce Butler as a rice plantation. There are many references to this property, it's owners, and the slaves who lived there, in many books, in PBS films, in documentaries on Reconstruction, and in Ken Burn's film on the Civil War which it mentions. Slave life was well documented by Frances Anne Kemble who married Pierce Mease Butler and published Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation 1838-1839. Pierce Butler's daughter Frances published Ten Years on a Georgia Plantation in 1882 and it is considered to be a treasurer trove of first hand information regarding Reconstruction after the Civil War. There are two historical markers on the side of Hwy 17 south of Darien, GA. One marker is a Georgia Historical Society marker and one is a State of Georgia marker. It is quite telling to read each marker and see the dramatic difference in the story told by each. Quite appropriate given our divergent attitudes on slavery to this day. Take the time to stop and read them both.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Kendall Arp wrote a review Mar 2019
Bremen, Georgia212 contributions15 helpful votes
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Hidden little gem. Thank goodness for GPS. Really cool to read the historical markers and to think about what all took place here
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Date of experience: March 2019
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