When Death Comes

When Death Comes


McConnells, SC – The thought of death, cemeteries and burials conjures up a host of different emotions for most. The drama and traditions surrounding the five- letter word death serve as a reminder of our very short time on earth and our own ultimate death.  Visit Historic Brattonsville on Saturday, April 21 from 10:00am until 4:00 pm and witness death as it came to plantation master, John Simpson Bratton, in 1843. Listen to interpreters portray the different burial customs of the master and his slaves. Observe David Gillespie of Pickens, SC demonstrate 18th century stone-carving techniques.  Gillespie’s ancestors were stone carvers, and at least one of his ancestors fought at the Battle of Huck’s Defeat.  Dressed in black and interpreting 19th century Victorian mourning customs will be Cliff and Linda Grimsley of Dallas, NC and Cliff’s sister BJ Chapps. On display will be a mid-19th century hearse and vignettes of coffin building, funeral food preparation and at the end of the day an epilogue, with questions and answers, Visitors will also be able to talk to 1st person interpreters and Revolutionary War soldiers. Regular admission fees apply. CHM members admitted free. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the entire day’s activities.