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MORE MYTHS AND LEGENDS: The Bloody Floorboards of Brookgreen

Just outside of Georgetown, SC near Myrtle Beach, one of the largest rice plantations of the 1800s continues to remind Americans of its past, complete with stories of slavery and the cruelty of plantation owners and their hired workers.

THE STORY: As slaves began to win their freedom before and during the civil war, stories began circulating of a particularly mean overseer who would take slaves to the barn, bind them and then begin to whip them. The descriptions of these beatings amounted to torture and it didn’t take long before sympathizers tried to approach the plantation owner, Joshua John Ward, about the evil activities that Overseer Fraser was engaged in. Prior to the Civil War however, the owners had fled to North Carolina away from an outbreak of “the fever” that had been spreading in the area.

FOLKLORE:[/u] By the time that former slaves were able to go in search of Fraser for revenge, he had also fled and with him, any chance of retribution or justice for the evil deeds he had inflicted at the plantation. The evidence however remained: Stains on the floor boards of the barn from the blood of the slaves he had beaten. The blood is said to have remained on the floorboards of the barn well into the 1930s when the barn was demolished by new owner Archer Huntington. Rumors still remain of blood stains near the location of where the barn once stood; memories of an evil past.

THE FACTS: [/u] Today, the plantation has been transformed into the Brookgreen Gardens: a 9,100 acre sculpture garden and wildlife preserve. The reserve and gardens are a culmination of four separate rice plantations. One of which was owned by Joshua Ward. Also on the grounds is a small cemetery where the bodies of former Governor James Alston and his child are buried. Ward’s plantation was purchased by the Hunnington’s of CT in order to show off the sculptures by Anna Hyatt Huntington in the beauty of the surrounding area. In 1978, the gardens were listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1984. There have been no signs or evidence of any type of blood near the former Ward owned barn since it’s demolition in 1932.

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