Plantation Cistern

Plantation Cistern (HM1P1X)

Location: Hardeeville, SC 29927 Jasper County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 9.271', W 81° 6.487'

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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.
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HM NumberHM1P1X
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Placed ByU.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
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Date Added Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 489804 N 3557568
Decimal Degrees32.15451667, -81.10811667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 9.271', W 81° 6.487'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 9' 16.26" N, 81° 6' 29.22" W
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Area Code(s)843
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Laurel Hill Wildlife Dr, Hardeeville SC 29927, US
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