Beech Island is an unlikely name for a town in upstate South Carolina far removed from the coast.  It is close to Aiken, and I had occasion to visit over the weekend in order to photograph Redcliffe Plantation.  I am helping the Slave Dwelling Project ( (SDP) with their goal to document all existing slave dwellings in South Carolina and eventually beyond.  Redcliffe, a state park, has two intact slave cabins which will be structurally examined and photographed. The SDP has a grant from the SC state to facilitate this project, but much (like the photography) is being done on a pro bono basis.  It is a beautiful place in the middle of nowhere, and last weekend it was extremely HOT.  Here are a few images that give an idea of the scope of the property.