Historic Brattonsville

With more than 30 historic structures, this 800-acre outdoor museum and Revolutionary War battlefield site is becoming one of the nation’s premier living history museums. Educational programs take students back in time and focus on rural Southern life from the American Revolution to Reconstruction. A shaded picnic area, hiking trails and a gift shop are also available to you and your students.


Field Trip Programs

Program Availability: Programs may be scheduled Tuesday-Friday 9 AM – 5 PM. 
Programs fees are $6 per student unless noted below. 

SHEEP AND SHEARS
Preschool – 1st Grade  •  60-75 min 
What happens to all that wool once the sheep get a haircut? Students learn about wool preparation from raw fleece to finished garment in a storybook. They will card, spin or weave wool as it was done by children of long ago. They will meet one of our Gulf Coast sheep and dress like a sheep to understand their unique characteristics. 

EARLY TO RISE
Preschool – 2nd Grade  •  60 min
Rise and shine! Students step into the past with costumed interpreters and wake in the plantation house, smell breakfast in the plantation kitchen, and learn of the morning chores on the Brattons’ antebellum cotton plantation. They will know the similarities and differences in morning routines then and now.  

HISTORIC BRATTONSVILLE ACADEMY: SCHOOLDAYS of 1840
3rd & 4th Grade  •  $10 per student  •  4 ½ hours
Max. Attendance: 25 students plus 2 adults
From the minute the school bell rings, students become scholars in Dr. Bratton’s 1840 academy.  In this highly immersive program, they walk, talk, learn and play as elite children did in the 19th century. Students will use slates and slate pencils, write with quill pens, and play historic games. The program concludes with a guided tour of the Bratton plantation.  

THE BACKCOUNTRY IN REVOLT: A REVOLUTIONARY WAR EXPERIENCE 
3rd – 5th Grade  •  90 min 
Loyalist or Patriot? The choice is yours! In this interactive program, students understand how men and women, both free and enslaved, were drawn into both sides of the Revolutionary War. Students march as a militia unit and learn of the Battle of Huck’s Defeat, a battle involving Col. William Bratton and his family.  Students declare their allegiance as their families would have during the American Revolution and sign an oath. 

NEW! THE BACKCOUNTRY IN REVOLT PLUS 
3rd – 5th Grade  •  $10 per student  •  2½ hours 
Students experience the Backcountry in Revolt program. Then, following lunch, costumed interpreters will lead them along the Huck’s Defeat Battlefield Trail. Students expand their knowledge of the Battle of Huck’s Defeat and the events surrounding it.

LIFE ON THE PLANTATION
3rd – 5th Grade  •  90 min
Cotton is King on Dr. John S. Bratton’s antebellum plantation!  While exploring this 1840s plantation, students meet people of various social classes who lived and worked here. Students will visit the plantation home, the slave quarters and more to understand the lives of those at Brattonsville.  
NEW! LIFE ON THE PLANTATION PLUS 
3rd-5th Grade  •  $10 per student  •  2 ½ hrs. 
Students experience Life on the Plantation as described above. Following a lunch break, they will further explore the plantation with costumed interpreters. They will play games as the plantation children did and encounter animals that lived and worked on the plantation, too.  
A COUNTRY ON FIRE: RECONSTRUCTION IN THE CAROLINAS
5th, 8th-12th grade  •  90 min
The Reconstruction Period was defined by the struggle for civil rights and was a very difficult period in our past.   All the nation was watching as events unfolded in York County, SC.   Students will learn the 13th-15th Amendments, drill as the local militia drilled and learn how the hopes and dreams of former slaves clashed with many York County residents. What will be the consequences in the struggle of this new way of life?
THE DAY IT RAINED MILITIA: INTERACTIVE BATTLEFIELD TOUR
6th – 8th Grade  •  90 min 
“…and I swear that even if it rained (Patriot) militia from the Heavens, I would not value them.”  Captain Christian Huck, British Officer Do local troops have what it takes to defeat British soldiers? Students walk in the footsteps of Revolutionary War soldiers while costumed interpreters lead them along the Huck’s Defeat Battlefield Trail. Through role play, they will reenact the major points of the battle and know the value of the militia. Students will recognize the significance of the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War.  
WHITE GOLD: COTTON, THE GIN AND AGRICULTURE IN ANTEBELLUM SOUTH CAROLINA
6th – 8th grade  •  90 min
The South has exploded with cotton thanks to Eli Whitney’s cotton engine, and Dr. Bratton’s antebellum cotton plantation is thriving. But what does this technology mean for those that are not of the elite social class? Students will see and feel cotton lint and seeds and explore the gin house to know the impact of this cash crop throughout this plantation and the entire South. 

BACKCOUNTRY IN REVOLT + LIFE ON THE PLANTATION COMBO
3rd – 5th Grade

THE DAY IT RAINED MILITIA + WHITE GOLD COMBO 
6th - 8th Grade

Experience two programs on the same day!  $12 per student  •   3 ½ hrs.