In 1685, a merchant ship paid for repairs at the port in Charles Towne with rice seed from Madagascar. This simple act of trade for services catapulted Georgia and the Carolinas into 200 years with Carolina Gold rice at the reigns of society and wealth.
Africans came to South Carolina early, both directly from Africa, and via the Caribbean, particularly Barbados. From the beginning Africans outnumbered Europeans in colonial South Carolina and they had a vivid memory of their West African cultures and culinary habits.
In 1903, The Eureka was the place to stay in Abbeville for traveling businessmen and touring theater companies. Complete with a barber shop, banquet rooms and the convenience of being close to the Opera House, the hotel was a grand jewel of the community.