Landscapes and Lifeways: The Carolina Piedmont 600 Years Ago and Today
The Landscapes and Lifeways exhibit compares our contemporary Piedmont landscape with the Piedmont of 600 years ago. Two new dioramas show Carolina Piedmont landscapes and wildlife in the 1400s, before European exploration and settlement. View animals that once lived in the Piedmont (bison, cougar, elk and wolves) alongside species seen here today (deer, vultures, quail and heron). Discover how native peoples relied on the natural resources of the Carolina Piedmont – the river, trees, land, plants and wildlife – for their survival, and how they changed the landscape to support their ways of life.
Sponsored in part by Kathy & Larry Wilson, Rock Hill Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Williams & Fudge, Inc., Founders Federal Credit Union, Becca & Harry Dalton and Ell Close.
Way Back When: Ice Age Beasts of Carolina
OPENING JUNE 15
Visitors will “travel back in time” to the Carolina Piedmont during the “Ice Ages” when massive mastodons browsed our woodlands, giant ground sloths ambled along the forest edge, and fierce saber-toothed cats prowled the prairies. Many of our Ice Age residents weighed well over 100 lbs., granting them the status of “megafauna.” But the reign of the great beasts came to an end around 10,000 years ago, and since that mass extinction, life in the Carolinas has not been as big, or as diverse.