The Rice Museum will be presenting Christopher C. Boyle, the author of “Mansfield Plantation: A Legacy on the Black River,” from 4 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 22.
Boyle is a full-time social studies teacher at Socastee High School and a part-time teaching associate at Coastal Carolina University.
He has served at the official historian at Mansfield Plantation and a charter member of its board of directors since 2005.
Standing on the banks of the Black River, Mansfield Plantation is a living testament to antebellum rice plantations.
In 1718, it started as a five-hundred-acre land grant near the upstart village of Georgetown. The main house was built around 1800, and the plantation soon grew to nearly one thousand acres.
John and Sallie Middleton Parker returned the property to the Man-Taylor-Lance-Parker family, a line of ownership dating back 150 years.
Ongoing preservation projects ensure that future generations can explore and appreciate one of the most well-preserved rice plantations in America. Plantation historian Christopher C. Boyle captures the spirit of Mansfield Plantation and unravels the many mysteries of its past.
The Rice Museum is located at 633 Front St. in Georgetown.