Statement on Civil War event

For Immediate Release
Sept. 18, 2017 

Contact: Marie Cheek
Community Relations Coordinator
Culture & Heritage Museums

Civil War Reenactment at Historic Brattonsville canceled

YORK COUNTY, SC - After careful consideration for the safety of residents, visitors and reenactors, Culture and Heritage Museums has canceled the annual Civil War reenactment event, which was scheduled for Oct. 28 and 29.

Carey Tilley, executive director of Culture and Heritage Museums, has released this statement: 

“We continue to believe that military reenactments are an effective tool for teaching history to the public; however, in light of the fact that there were no Civil War battles at Historic Brattonsville, the historical and educational benefits are outweighed by the potential danger and risk to public safety of hosting the event in the current political climate.

We also believe that the current National discussion surrounding the Civil War creates a greater sense of urgency for us to step back and reflect on our Civil War programming to ensure that going forward it aligns more closely with the site mission at Historic Brattonsville in linking the story of those tumultuous years to the actual Brattonsville community – including those who were enslaved there.”

The mission of Historic Brattonsville is to preserve and present the history of the Carolina Piedmont and this Revolutionary War site as portrayed through the structures, landscapes, and stories of the Brattonsville Community.


All requests for information or comments regarding the cancellation of the Civil War Reenactment at Historic Brattonsville should be directed to Marie Cheek at or 803-818-6767.