Hog Butchering Day

January 2, 2014
Contact: Marie Cheek
Community Relations Coordinator
Culture & Heritage Museums

Hog Butchering Day at Historic Brattonsville
Saturday, January 11 / 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Experience Early American Foodways in the Carolina Backcountry McConnells, SC - It’s the dead of winter, time for Hog Butchering Day at Historic Brattonsville! Experience the colonial past and witness the traditional family affair of processing and preserving a whole hog. Over twenty historically-dressed interpreters come together for this time-honored practice as they embrace the hog from jowl to ham and everything in between. Observe the making of bacon, chitlins, and sausage. Gather around the hearth for some 18th century Carolina Backcountry cooking. The living history museum at Brattonsville will present a sundry of ongoing activities throughout the day. From 10 am through 4 pm, visitors can watch interpreters ensconced in household duties such as rendering lard and stirring up a batch of soap, as well as butchering, preservation, and cooking demonstrations. Learn why the early settlers gave thanks to the hog for its food value and utilitarian by-products. Gardner’s Barbecue will be available from 11:30 am until it runs out. The Gardner family continues a long tradition of barbecue in the western York County community of Bethesda. Smoked pulled-pork sandwiches and made-from-scratch fresh country sausage sandwiches will be offered.

Admission: Adult, $6; Senior, $5; Youth ages 4-17, $3; CHM members and children 3 and under are admitted FREE. Historic Brattonsville is located at 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells, SC. For more information on Historic Brattonsville and directions, visit www.chmuseums.org.