Rice Cultivation on the Ogeechee

Rice Cultivation on the Ogeechee (HM14R4)

Location: Richmond Hill, GA 31324 Bryan County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 56.883', W 81° 18.067'

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The production of rice on Bryan Neck utilized upstream fresh water and the tidal influences of the Ogeechee River. Heavy wooden trunks, or tidegates, along the levees and embankments in the rice fields allowed the inflow and outflow of fresh water in an elaborate system of irrigation and hydraulics during the summer growing season. A network of canals provided access for the tending of the fields by large forces of slave workers. The peak of this activity was in 1860 when 1.6 million pounds of rice was shipped from Bryan Neck plantations along the river. With a ready supply of labor no longer available after the Civil War, along with a series of destructive hurricanes in the 1880s, rice cultivation on the Ogeechee ended by 1900.
HM NumberHM14R4
Year Placed2012
Placed ByCoastal Bryan Heritage Trail
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Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 4:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 471541 N 3534717
Decimal Degrees31.94805000, -81.30111667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 56.883', W 81° 18.067'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 56' 52.98" N, 81° 18' 4.02" W
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Area Code(s)229, 912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 45 Richmond Hill Trail, Richmond Hill GA 31324, US
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