What's dinner without a steaming bowl of white rice? In colonial days, rice was Georgia's number one export. The swampy areas along the Savannah, Altamaha, and Ogeechee rivers were ideal for rice fields. Richard Schultz, Jr., talks about helping grow rice during the hot, muggy summers at Turnbridge Plantation near Savannah. Alligators and snakes made the work dangerous. Today mechanical combines do the work of harvesting rice that slaves did in colonial Georgia.