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In Their Own Words

March 06, 1738

Attempt to Grow Mulberry Plants Recorded

William Stephens wrote in his journal of his attempt to grow Mulberry plants for silk production in colonial Georgia:

“…I began first with about 150 small Mulberry- Plants, which I set in an Angle of the Ground as a small Nursery, where I expected they would take good Root, and be ready against the Fall of the Leaf to transplant in such a Disposition, as I thought proper for their future Continuance. …”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, pp. 97-98.