Piedmont Pottery & Pickin' - Sept 28, 2019


Contact: Marie Cheek - Community Relations Coordinator, Culture & Heritage Museums www.chmuseums.org 803.818.6767 mcheek@chmuseums.org


“Piedmont Pottery & Pickin’” at Hightower Hall is for lovers of live music and local handmade pottery


McCONNELLS, S.C. – Live music and pottery come together for a day of festivity on the sweeping grounds of Historic Brattonsville’s Hightower Hall. Piedmont Pottery & Pickin’ features traditional and contemporary potters from all over the Carolina Piedmont. Peruse a variety of original works of art for sale while local pickers share their tunes.

Live music includes:

Whippoorwill String Band from 10 a.m. to noon

Tri-County Bluegrass Band from noon to 2 p.m.

South Branch Bluegrass Band from 2 to 4 p.m.


Dan Good BBQ will be on site with BBQ for purchase.


Other notes: At Brattonsville’s main site, living history interpreters will demonstrate how people in the Carolina Piedmont used pottery for cooking and food preservation during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Hightower Hall is the grand Italianate-style villa at the northern entrance to Historic Brattonsville. It’s currently undergoing restoration and will be closed for tours at this time.


WHEN: Piedmont Pottery & Pickin’ happens Sat., Sept. 28, 2019 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

WHERE: Hightower Hall is located at 1036 Brattonsville Rd., McConnells, S.C. 29726

ADMISSION: Adults $8, Seniors $7, Youth $5, CHM members & ages 3 and under FREE For more information, go to www.chmuseums.org or call 803.684.2327

IMAGE: Local potter Eric Canty will be at 2019’s Piedmont Pottery & Pickin’ with his traditional and distinctly Catawba Indian pottery - such as the bird effigy bowl seen here. Photo taken by CHM staff at a previous Piedmont Pottery event.

About Hightower Hall:

Hightower Hall was the home of John Simpson Bratton Jr. and his wife, Harriet Rainey Bratton. Completed around 1856, the house features a prominent three-story tower topped with wide bracketed eaves, which give it the look of an Italian country villa. The nearly square two-story floor plan opens with an impressive central hall flanked by two spacious rooms on each side and was built upon a high brick foundation providing a sub-ground floor.