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Living History

Upcoming Events at Historic Brattonsville

Experience living history, including the African American story, at this 775-acre Revolutionary War site. Explore the Bratton Plantation, owned and lived on by three generations of the Bratton family. 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells, SC. For information, call 803.684.2327 or visit

The Civil War in South Carolina

The South Carolina State Museum's newest exhibit is unique from a visual standpoint in two ways. First, it can't be seen in the museum. Second, it can't be seen (clearly) in two dimensions. This extraordinary photography exhibit, Post Civil War Images of South Carolina, opened Nov. 15 on the museum's Web site, is an online-only show, and though it is from nearly a century and a half ago, the photos are, surprisingly, in three dimensions. The exhibit features approximately 27 stereograph pictures of South Carolina scenes taken by three photographers. Most are from the period immediately following the war, 1865-66. Post Civil War Images of South Carolina can be seen on the museum's Web site at

Colonial Times

October 15 - 16: At North Augusta’s Living History Park our Colonial past come to life through demonstrations and living exhibits including pottery making, a tomahawk throw, weaving, spinning and, quilting, candle making, musket firing demonstrations, gunsmithing, gold and silversmithing, blacksmithing, woodworking, and more. Be sure to stop by and visit with the Indian traders, the backwoodsmen, the sutlers, and pet the animals! For more information, visit

Castra Romano X

November 10-13: Experience the glory that was imperial Rome at Givhans Ferry State Park in Ridgeville. Watch as Roman soldiers in full battle dress demonstrate tactics and the use of ancient machines of war. Visit with craftsmen and vendors selling wares from the Empire. Hail Caesar! For more information, visit

Catawba Cultural Center

The Catawba Indian Nation, the only federally-recognized Native American tribe in South Carolina, first settled along the Catawba River at the North Carolina -South Carolina border prior to the influx of English and Scotch-Irish settlers. Today, the Catawba Cultural Preservation Project on the Catawba Indian Reservation strives to preserve, protect, promote, and maintain the rich cultural heritage of the Catawba Indian Nation. Housed in the old Reservation Schoolhouse, the Cultural Center includes a crafts store featuring distinctive Catawba pottery, jewelry, Native American books, literature, and crafts. Changing exhibits give a glimpse into the Catawba past. The Center offers tours and  programs including  Catawba history and storytelling sessions, language presentations, pottery demonstrations, drumming and dancing performances, and educational, hands-on archaeology programs. Special arrangements can also be made for a traditional Catawba Indian meal. The Catawba Cultural Center, located at 1536 Tom Steven Road in Rock Hill, is open Monday-Saturday, 9am. – 5 pm. For more information, call (803) 328-2427, or click on: visityorkcounty.

Hampton Plantation Mansion Tours

Tour Hampton Plantation in historic McClellanville this summer. The mansion stands as a testament to the wealth and power of several prominent families of Colonial and Antebellum South Carolina. Tours give personal insight into the people who called Hampton home as well as the craftsmanship of its architecture. Visit for park hours and directions. 

Photo courtesy of SCPRT.

From Slavery to Freedom: The Magnolia Cabin Project

For more than 300 years Magnolia Plantation, located on the pastoral banks of the Ashley River, has been home to the celebrated Drayton family.  However, they certainly weren't the only residents at Magnolia.  Scores of enslaved Africans and their descendants have also lived and labored here for as many years. The Magnolia Cabin Project began March 2009 and presents a genuine, compelling narrative about this overlooked people.  This project is a direct attempt at reaching out to those who have never been exposed to this incredible part of the American experience. his unique collection of slave cabins, occupied well into the 20th century, has been carefully preserved and restored to document the full arc of African–American life at Magnolia.  Each cabin reflects a different period of the African experience on the plantation; from slavery to Reconstruction, through the 1920's, and on to the civil rights era of the 1960's. This provides an extraordinary historical perspective.  After an insightful presentation, visitors enjoy the cabins at their leisure.  Interpretive furniture and landscaping, including a period-accurate culinary/medicinal garden, complete this award winning 45 minute program. A nearby African-American cemetery is also accessible with this tour. Admission to Magnolia Plantation is $9.50 for adults and $5 for those under age 19. There is an additional charge of $5 for adults and $4 for those under 19 for the Cabin Project. For more information, visit


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