Since many of you love tea history as much as I do, I thought you might like to know that some great free resources are available from the Library of Congress. I've downloaded some vintage tea photos there in the past, and this week, I discovered this 1899 publication from the Government Printing Office, "Tea Culture: The Experiment in South Carolina" by Dr. Charles Shepard, Special Agent in Charge Tea Culture Investigations. Shepard, as many of you know, cultivated tea at the Pinehurst Tea Plantation in Summerville, S.C., and his plants were later transplanted to the Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island. I love to read anything associated with Dr. Shepard, and I'm sure some of you will want to check out this resource as well. Here's a link.
The book has a few photos, including this one of "A Tea Nursery in July."
Also, there's a photo of the young tea pickers. Years ago, I learned that Shepard established a school for black children, and after their lessons, they went into the fields to pick tea leaves, for which they were paid by the pound. Some of the children who picked tea leaves at Pinehurst sang for President Theodore Roosevelt in 1902, according to other information I found on the Library of Congress website. This work by Dr. Shepard is in the public domain, which is great for writers, researchers, program presenters, and others. Be sure to check out www.loc.gov if there are areas of history you like to explore, because you might be surprised what turns up!