New Horizons

In gallery two, visitors learn about the American Revolution and antebellum life throughout the state, including the rise of slavery, urban and rural economies, and migration to the upcountry.

Exhibit Highlights

This gallery includes an interactive digital map table, allowing visitors a hands-on opportunity to explore South Carolina in the late 1700s. There are also personal items from prominent figures, including Francis Marion’s powder horn; a letter from George Washington to Governor William Moultrie; and a reproduction of Charleston’s slave auction flag.

Georgetown Rice Plantation Map
This watercolor-tinted map reveals the locations of rice plantations in the Winyah Bay area of Georgetown County. Although indigo played a role economically in the colonial period, rice would become Georgetown’s main cash crop in the nineteenth century. By 1840, Georgetown District rice plantations produced nearly half of the total rice crop of the United States.
Daguerreotype, Loully Porcher and Nurse, ca. 1855
This daguerreotype is an image of Loully Porcher and her enslaved nurse, whose name is not known. While many enslaved women worked as field hands, others engaged in domestic tasks such as washing, cooking, or caring for the plantation owner’s children.