4300 Ashley River Road
Middleton Place will celebrate the historic rum culture of the Low Country with a special Rum Stroll to conclude the Spring season of the popular weekly Wine Strolls. Caribbean inspired food stations, historic rum punches and a variety of specialty rums will be available. Begin the Rum Stroll on the Parterre overlooking the Ashley River and tour the House Museum at your leisure to see the extensive collection of family owned furniture, art, documents and other objects including Arthur and Henry Middleton?s elaborate sterling silver tankards used for drinking and toasting with rum punch! Conclude the evening in historic fashion in the Plantation Stableyards where costumed interpreters will share the secret to all good 18th century rum punch receipts.
While the event will serve as a celebration of the sugarcane-based liquor, it will also bring a longstanding tradition of rum culture back to the Low Country plantation where rum was a staple of diet and daily life. The rum trade in the Carolinas was massive in the 18th century because rum was so important in everyday life. With such close ties to Barbados and other Caribbean islands, rum was one of the drinks of choice in Charles Town throughout the 1700s.
Charleston?s own Highwire Distillery and Striped Pig Distillery, Mt. Gay Rum of Barbados, Pussers of the British Virgin Islands and Total Wine will partner with the Middleton Place Restaurant to bring specialty rums from near and far to Middleton Place.? The ?Rhum Chef?, Paul Yellin, a highly acclaimed chef and author of the popular rum cookbook Infusion ? Spirited Cooking will share his rum expertise and his extensive knowledge of Caribbean history and culture.
Middleton Place Restaurant?s Executive Chef Brandon Buck, will create island inspired treats and hors d?oeuvres to pair with the rums. Food Stations will be setup in the Plantation Stableyard where interpreters will also discuss the rum making process. A demonstration crop of sugar cane is grown each year at Middleton Place in preparation for processing by a traditional equine powered cane press producing cane juice, the first step in creating rum, during the annual Plantation Days in November. The Middleton Place House Museum will open for tours focusing on the Middleton family connection to Barbados and the rum trade.