James Stobo's plantation is a remarkable archaeological site and is exhibited in The Charleston Museum as an example of an 18th century rice plantation. The artifacts and soil layers have not been disturbed since the dwelling was abandoned by the planter family in the late 18th century. Excavations produced a rare group of colonial artifacts that reveal the planter family's riches and the daily lives of enslaved laborers who produced rice from inland swamp fields. Built two years after the Stono Rebellion, the house is filled with opulent furnishings but exhibits a protective demeanor. James Stobo's manor house reflects the ambivalence of the Lowcountry planters; a fear of the laborers that made their lifestyle possible. Join Curator of Historical Archaeology Martha Zierden to learn more about the archaeology of rice plantations.
Conversations with a Curator allows visitors a chance to have an intimate look at an exhibit in The Charleston Museum, hear stories, ask questions and spark conversations. The Museum's collections are both extraordinary and diverse and each Curator-led talk and tour will allow participants to immerse themselves in different areas of Charleston's history.
All Conversations with a Curator programs are open to the public and FREE for Members and free with admission.
Conversations with a Curator programs are typically held on the second Friday of each month, with a few exceptions.