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      SC plantation opening new space for agriculture

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Middleton Place outside Charleston is opening a new area where visitors can get a glimpse of agriculture in years past.

      The new area opening Thursday allows visitors to the plantation on the Ashley River to see what it was like to polish rice, process indigo and tend a garden.

      The event also features a series of events focused on the cultivation of rice. In colonial times rice was a major crop in the South Carolina Lowcountry.

      "The provides us another place to have hands-on programming so the kids can be in the environment; they're close by the history," said Tracey Todd, vice president of museums.

      Creation of the new exhibit area was made possible by a $15,000 grant from the MeadWestvaco Foundation.

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