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Hardeeville in Jasper County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Plantation Cistern

 
 
Plantation Cistern Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 28, 2015
1. Plantation Cistern Marker
Inscription. This small island of trees was a slave community on Recess Plantation, which bordered Laurel Hill Plantation. Called a hammock, it was a small area of high ground in a sea of wetland rice fields. The round brick structure, just ahead in the woods, was a cistern that stored drinking water and perishable foods. The cistern was needed because well water in the area often was unfit to drink. Rainwater probably was collected from the roofs of six slave’s quarters and funneled into the brick lined reservoir. The cistern was about seven feet deep. A wooden lid kept out animals and debris.

Explore Recess Hammock
Look for Chinese parasol trees with pale green trunks and 5-lobed leaves. The Asian trees were planted for shade on Low Country plantations. Notice periwinkle, a purple-flowered vine once cultivated as groundcover. Watch and listen for birds — warblers, thrushes, wrens and sparrows — that nest and feed in the hammock’s mature hardwoods.

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Rainwater was collected at slave quarters and funneled to the cistern.
 
Erected by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 32° 9.271′ N, 81° 6.487′ W. Marker is in Hardeeville, South
Plantation Cistern image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 28, 2015
2. Plantation Cistern
Rainwater was collected at slave quarters and funneled to the cistern.
Carolina, in Jasper County. Marker can be reached from Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive 1.2 miles south of Alligator Alley (South Carolina Route 170), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker located inside of the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. Marker is in this post office area: Hardeeville SC 29927, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Laurel Hill Plantation (approx. 0.9 miles away); Using Fire to Benefit Wildlife (approx. one mile away); Managing Water for Wildlife (approx. one mile away); Rice Field Trunk (approx. one mile away); Prescribed Burning (approx. one mile away); Battle Between Confederate Gunboats and Union Field Artillery (approx. 3 miles away in Georgia); Indian Trading Post: Home of Mary Musgrove (approx. 3 miles away in Georgia); Atlantic Coastal Highway Through Georgia (approx. 3 miles away in Georgia). Click for a list of all markers in Hardeeville.
 
Categories. African AmericansEnvironment
 
Cistern image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 28, 2015
3. Cistern
Rainwater was collected at slave quarters and funneled to the cistern.
American Redstart (male) (female) image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 28, 2015
4. American Redstart (male) (female)
Chinese Parasol Tree ~ Periwinkle image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 28, 2015
5. Chinese Parasol Tree ~ Periwinkle
Tree Covering near the Plantation Cistern Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 28, 2015
6. Tree Covering near the Plantation Cistern Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 149 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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