Our original plan was to stay here until Monday, March 26th but as we watched the weather and the high tide at the upcoming McClellanville area (four mile stretch of very shallow water), we decided to stay an extra day here in Georgetown and leave on Tuesday.
Old ledgers from the Rice Museum- Carolina gold!- tc On Saturday afternoon, we walked down Front Street and entered the Rice Museum. After paying for the tour, we had to wait for a tour guide (we hadn’t realized that this would be a guided tour). But the museum provides a store with local crafts, merchandise, etc so you can shop while waiting. I noticed Tracy talking with another couple, so I go over to see what’s going on and she’s just met a couple from Charleston that came up to Georgetown for their second anniversary. We both thought they were waiting for the guide also, but in fact, they were done and they were just heading out to get some food. Tracy invited them back to Kailani to visit, so we went for the museum tour and they went off to get some food and we agreed to meet in front of the museum in one hour.
Plantation worker were paid once a year, after the crop was in and sold. Each plantation would issue their own “money” to be used until the “big” payday. – tc The museum was all about the worldwide domination by Georgetown County of the rice production for nearly two centuries and the port of Georgetown developing into a thriving port for ships carrying rice to markets all over the world. The tour covered the prime real estate in Georgetown for rice plantations, the abundance of slave labor for this extremely manual labor process and the entire process from seed to shipping. What I never realized was that all rice grown worldwide is brown and to make rice white it must be polished.
Tools used by slave workers in the cultivation of rice. Slaves from certain parts of Africa were especially valuable because they had gown rice before and therefore needed less training. – tc
The 13th Amendment abolished slavery at the same time the Civil War was coming to an end and before too long, the rice plantations of Georgetown were history. Today there is only one original plantation left standing and the grounds are open for visitors.
Fire department pictures (had to post these for our sons!). The first is a small group of firefighters and the second is an absolutely gorgeous silver horn (megaphone) used by the Fire Chief. -tc
After completing the tour we waited outside for our new friends, Victoria and JA to come back from their meal. When we saw them walking down the street towards us, we went to greet them and Victoria said that she didn’t really feel very well after the meal and could they pass on visiting us on Kailani. If course, we told Victoria, we hoped she felt better and we left with plans for them to meet up with us either in Charleston, or on the way there, they may meet us and come aboard for a day of cruising into Charleston. So we will let them know our dates of travel and they will work out an opportunity to meet us aboard later in the upcoming week. That will be fun.
We also took out our new bikes and rode them around town for a while. We need to do some adjustments to Tracy’s bike on the seat, but otherwise, so far, so good.
Sunday morning, we walked into town again and had breakfast at the Coffee Break Café. This is a small café with many locals coming in after church (today is Palm Sunday) and others just coming in for a good meal. The grits here are tasty and the pastries look even tastier, but we pass on the pastries so we don’t have a problem with tonnage on Kailani!
After a nice late-ish breakfast we walk back to Kailani and get two loads of laundry done before taking Frankie out for a walk to East Bay Park where he can run around for a while free of his leash or the confines of Kailani. If he could talk, he would be thanking us for this treat.
In the evening, we decided to re-watch the Steven Spielberg movie “Lincoln” starring Daniel Day Lewis and Sally Field. The crux of the plot is about the struggles of the Civil War and the political process of passing the Thirteenth Amendment, both at the same time during Lincoln’s second term in the White House.
Monday, we spent the afternoon window shopping and touring the South Carolina Maritime Museum. As we were walking down the sidewalk after exiting a woman’s clothing store, a voice from behind us got our attention and we turned to see that it was a lady who had been shopping in that store and had told the clerk her name was Dana. So I said hello Dana and she was caught off guard as to how I knew her name. I explained the simple process and she said that she had noticed the back of my Scuba Shack sweatshirt which has the imprint of the Public Safety Dive Training Team and that she was a retired detective from the Philadelphia Police Department, now living in Georgetown and selling real estate. Tracy invited her back to Kailani for when she got out of work later on and she said she would definitely be there. Then, we went across the street for dinner at Harborside Italian Restaurant. We were greeted at our table by two waitresses and one of them was working her first day on the job and the more experienced was training her. I guess we have a knack of attracting waitresses in training.
After this early dinner (hey we are senior citizens) as we’re walking back to Kailani a man comes up to me on the dock and asks how my black-water holding tank is working. I turn around without recognizing him and ask him how he knows about our tank, to which he says that it’s all over the VHF radio up and down the ICW about Kailani’s holding tank clog. Then I recognize him as George and Maryann from Joyner Marina in Carolina Beach. They were just coming back north after spending some time at Isle of Palms. So we are invited aboard ‘Maggie’ their Great Harbor 37 to discuss strategies for navigating the shallow waters south of McClellanville. They are a great help with their feedback and we eventually leave so they can eat their dinner.
As I’m walking back to Kailani, I see Dana walking down the dock towards us and she comes aboard to spend time with Tracy and listen with an air of jealousy to our lifestyle living full time aboard Kailani.
Captainess Tracy and Duchess Dana -tc
Tomorrow, we will pull out and head towards Isle of Palms with a planned stop to time the high tide at McClellanville.