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"CHEROKEE AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES"

Updated: Oct 24, 2023

TUESDAY - NOVEMBER 14, 2023 - 7:00 P.M.

LAURENS COUNTY MUSEUM - MAGNOLIA ROOM

116 SOUTH PUBLIC SQUARE - LAURENS, SOUTH CAROLINA

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Explore the fascinating practices and interplay the Cherokees had with the natural world on November 14, 2023 at 7:00 P,M., at the Laurens County Museum.


Durant Ashmore, landscape designer and nurseryman, as well as local historian, will speak of the many uses of plants used by the Cherokee and the enduring effects the Cherokee have had on the environment and our way of life. Historically, the Cherokee people had a close connection to the land and plants were used not only for food and sustenance, but also for clothing, medicine and art. The Cherokee agriculture saved lives of the Cherokees as well as the settlers who adopted their practices and techniques.


Ashmore considers the Cherokee “the ultimate survivors” and has continued to study their ways for over thirty years. His University of Georgia Landscape Architecture Masters Thesis was entitled “Cherokee Uses of Medicinal Plants”. He continues to find the people and the subject fascinating and never ceases to learn from them.


There were three main agricultural crops – squash, corn and climbing beans – and was known as “Three sisters”, a form of companion planting. The corn and beans were planted in mounds together with the squash between the mounds. The cornstalk served as a trellis for the beans while the large leaves of the squash plant shaded the ground keeping the soil moist and weed free.


Come and learn more about the amazing techniques used by the Cherokee in the Eastern part of the United States.

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Admission is a suggested donation $5

Non Museum Members (memberships available)

Free for Museum Members and 18 years and younger


For more information, (864)681-3678, or www.Laurenscountymuseum.org

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