By Way of the Back Door - Feb. 2019


Contact: Marie Cheek, Community Relations for Culture & Heritage Museums



“By Way of the Back Door” reflects on African American heritage at Historic Brattonsville

MCCONNELLS, S.C. – During the month of February, in honor of Black History Month, Historic Brattonsville’s living history programs look more deeply into how enslaved people lived on the plantation. “By Way of the Back Door” offers special guided tours and activities that highlight African American foodways, agriculture and way of life in the Carolina Piedmont through the 18th and 19th centuries. From the fields to the kitchen, foods that originated in Africa are highlighted in cooking demonstrations and in agricultural practices. Singing, storytelling and playing games offer insight on how African American culture persevered.

Historic Brattonsville is included in “The Green Book of South Carolina” - a travel guide to significant African American heritage and cultural destinations across the state. Learn more:

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

Historic Brattonsville is located at 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells, S.C. 29726. Phone – 803.684.2327.

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Admission: Adult, $8; Senior, $7; Youth ages 4-17, $5; CHM members and children 3 and under are admitted FREE.

Images: “By Way of the Back Door” - Historical dressed interpreters reflect on the way of life for African Americans on the plantation during the 18th & 19th centuries. Photo by CHM staff taken during a previous event. For high-resolution images contact Marie Cheek.

About Historic Brattonsville: Historic Brattonsville features over thirty colonial and antebellum structures, including two house museums. The plantation spreads over 800 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 & Heritage Museums of York County, S.C. The mission of Culture & Heritage Museums is to communicate and preserve the natural and cultural histories of the Carolina Piedmont.