By Way of the Back Door


January 25, 2016


Marie Cheek

Community Relations Coordinator

Culture & Heritage Museums




“By Way of the Back Door”

During the month of February, Historic Brattonsville will present special guided tours that interpret African American history and culture in the Carolina Piedmont


MCCONNELS, SC - In honor of Black History month, “By Way of the Back Door” presents special guided tours at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm each Saturday during the month of February. “By Way of the Back Door” at the living history museum at Brattonsville will focus on three generations of slavery from 1780-1865. Reflecting on the lives of the enslaved from the American Revolution through and beyond the Civil War, the tours will include stops at Colonel Bratton’s house, the slave cabins, the Brick Kitchen, and the Homestead.


“By Way of the Back Door” is an essential part of the living history programming at Historic Brattonsville and offers a deeper interpretation of slavery. The program’s  narrative includes both scholarly research and the collective memories of descendants of Bratton slaves.


Historic Brattonsville will offer ongoing activities, including 18th century cooking and blacksmithing, throughout the day from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in addition to the special tours for “By Way of the Back Door.”


“By Way of the Back Door” every Saturday in February from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with special guided tours at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

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 29726. Phone - 803/684-2327. For more information go to


Image: Celeste Sherer is an historic interpreter at Brattonsville click here for high resolution images

About Historic Brattonsville:

Historic Brattonsville features over thirty colonial and antebellum structures, including two house museums. The plantation spreads over eight hundred acres and includes farmed land with heritage breed animals, a Revolutionary War battlefield site, and a nature preserve with miles of walking trails. Seasonal events, reenactments, and living history programs interpret Carolina backcountry life from the 1760s to the late 19th century. Historic Brattonsville is part of Culture and Heritage Museums of York County, SC. The mission of Culture and Heritage Museums is to communicate and preserve the natural and cultural histories of the Carolina Piedmont.