One of our stops in Charleston, SC was over at Middleton Place in West Ashley. Middleton is a former rice plantation and an interesting tour of history. The building pictured below was one of three built by Henry Middleton in the mid-1700s, the land being part of his wife's, Mary Williams, rather large dowry. We learned about how rice was germinated, protected, and harvested with the help of flooding the rice mill ponds at different times of the growing cycle. The gardens, while not at their height-of-season best, are still beautiful to stroll around, and numerous other buildings show what life was like hundreds of years ago.