Charcoal Burners | History of SC Slide Collection

Charcoal burners, near the Francis Marion National Forest. The photograph of the charcoal operation of Mr. J.W. Litchfield near the Rotten Egg Savannah Road, "shows practically the complete operation of making charcoal, from the slow burning of the wood under the mound of earth, the raking out of the charcoal from a recently opened mound, of placing water on the embers to cool them; the stacking, filling of bags, weighing, and finally the bags being tied by Mr. Litchfield's small boy. The wood is burned under the earth mound for approximately three days." Photo by B.W. Muir for the U.S. Forest Service, September 1938.

Courtesy of the South Caroliniana Library.