Florewood River Plantation State Park
Eli Whitney's cotton gin, which removed seeds form cotton fiber, was such an important engineering achievement that Congress denied his petition in 1812 to renew his 1794 patent. Although the availability of cheap labor delayed the widespread use of mechanized cultivating and picking machines until after WW II, the South quickly embraced the cotton gin. Visitors to this recreated 1850s cotton plantation can see a gristmill, shingle mill, sawmill, and cotton gin, all of which were operated by steam engines. A hand-operated gin can be seen in the park's Cotton Museum, which also houses audiovisual displays about the cotton industry.
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Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Agricultural & Biological, Industrial & Manufacturing
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Fun Fact:The second largest cotton exchange in the U.S. is Cotton Row, located in Greenwood. This central Mississippi city is known as the "Cotton Capital of the World."