TO MARKET! TO MARKET!
A man named Tim was the captain and some of the other sailors were Boat Jack, Toby, and Joe. After the rice was harvested and processed, it was packed in barrels. The barrels weighed about 500 pounds each. It took several men to handle a barrel of rice. Barrels were loaded on the sloop for the journey to Charleston.
The best way for Mr. Drayton to get his rice to the market in Charleston was on a boat. He owned a type of sail boat called a sloop. A sloop was 40 feet long and could carry a cargo weighing about 23 tons. The crew for the sloop was made up of enslaved men who were responsible for the sloop and the rice.
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Now it is time for you to become a sailor on Mr. Drayton's sloop. Are you up for the challenge? Can you deliver the cargo of rice to market on time?
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Drayton Hall is a plantation house built by John Drayton in 1738. It is located on the Ashley River about nine miles northwest of downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Mr. Drayton owned many other plantations, but the family lived here at Drayton Hall. After John Drayton died, the house was passed down through the family. In 1974, the house and grounds were sold to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Today the Trust operates Drayton Hall as a museum. People of all ages can come here to learn about the house, the Drayton family, and how important it is to preserve and protect places like Drayton Hall.
A plantation is a large farm that grows crops which are sold to make money. Crops grown for profit are called cash crops. In South Carolina the cash crops were rice, indigo, and cotton. All the work necessary to grow the cash crops and keep the plantation operating was performed by enslaved people. Some slaves were carpenters, blacksmiths, coopers, and sailors.