Children's Day on the Farm - Mar 30, 2019

For Immediate Release: Mar. 18, 2019

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



Children’s Day on the Farm at Historic Brattonsville celebrates the agricultural heritage of the Carolina Piedmont

This year Children’s Day on the Farm is part of the 2019 S.C. Humanities Festival – meet barn loom weaver Beth Melton and local author Pat Veasey

McCONNELLS, S.C. - The agricultural heritage of the Carolina Piedmont is celebrated at Historic Brattonsville’s Children’s Day on the Farm. The annual springtime event highlights work and play on the farm during the 18th and 19th centuries. The 800 acre living-history plantation has fields to plow, cows to milk, and newborn farm animals to tend to.

Simon St. Clair’s Magick & Marvel Show returns for Children’s Day on the Farm with a revolutionary-era magic performance. Other fun activities include candle-dipping, butter churning, quill pen writing, clay marble-making and group games. Eighteenth century cooking, house tours, and blacksmithing demonstrations are ongoing.

There’s a new weaving project on the barn loom

Fiber artist and educator Beth Melton will be weaving on Brattonsville’s 19th century barn loom and demonstrating a textile work in progress called The Coverlet Project. Inspired by an overshot weaving pattern found in a historical coverlet handwoven in York County, The Coverlet Project is based on research by Melton and Culture & Heritage Museums’ collections team. An award-winning weaver, Melton was first introduced to the loom as a novice volunteer at Historic Brattonsville over 20 years ago.

Meet local author Pat Veasey

Pat Veasey, award winning educator and author, will be in the Bratton Academy from 2-3 p.m. discussing female education in the 19th century. A book signing reception for Pat Veasey is planned from 5-6 p.m. in the visitors center, following the Children’s Day on the Farm event. Veasey will be discussing her newly published book about Catharine Ladd, an educator who Dr. John Bratton hired to open and run a female academy on the plantation in 1839. “A Relentless Spirit, Catharine Ladd: Southern Educator, Entrepreneur, and Author, 1808-1899” is available in the gift shop. Light refreshments will be served. A free event; reservations appreciated: email


Children’s Day on the Farm and Pat Veasey’s book signing & reception are part of the 2019 S.C. Humanities Festival.

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Children's Day on the Farm happens on Mar. 30 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Pat Veasey book signing/reception in the visitors center on Mar. 30 at 5 – 6 p.m.

Historic Brattonsville is located at 1444 Brattonsville Rd. McConnells, S.C. 29726

General Admission: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Youth 4-7 $6; free for CHM members and ages 3 and under. Note: Brattonsville Road closed from 9:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Look for detour.

About Historic Brattonsville:

Historic Brattonsville features over 30 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 Southern rural life from the 1750s to the 1850s.

Historic Brattonsville is included in “The Green Book of South Carolina” – a travel guide to African American cultural sites.

Culture & Heritage Museums is a family of museums in York County and includes Historic Brattonsville, Main Street Children’s Museum, McCelvey Center and Museum of York County. The mission of CHM is to communicate and preserve the natural and cultural histories of the Carolina Piedmont, inspiring a lifetime of learning.