MYSTERY: What is it?

Can you figure out the subject of this photo?  Want to make a wild guess where it was taken?  Send your best guess to:  editor@charlestoncurrents.com — and make sure to include the name of the town in which you live.

Last week’s picture fooled a lot of people, but not veteran sleuths Chris Brooks of Mount Pleasant and George Graf of Palmyra, Va.  Chris knew that the photo, shared by local architect Steve Coe, was of an old barn in Hartsville and added, ““Coker Seed Company always used the heart logo.”

Not to be outdone, Graf said the warehouse was a the corner of Davis Street and South 4th Street in the Pee Dee town.  “David R. Coker once owned thousands of acres around Hartsville and began to apply techniques in plant hybridization discovered by Gregor Mendel in the 1860s,” Graf wrote.  “His first experiments involved attempts to breed cotton with a longer staple, and to improve resistance to disease and pests. Coker eventually broadened his work to other crops, and was a major force in improving the education of farmers in the American South through the use of agricultural extension services.

“By 1963, more than half the cotton grown in the South was derived from Coker seeds, as were larger percentages of oat and tobacco crops.  Of the original Coker farm holdings, some 220 acres of the area used by Coker in his breeding experiments was listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1964 for its significance in revolutionizing the field of agriculture in the South.”

Now you know!

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