For Immediate Release:
Oct. 5, 2021
Community Relations Coordinator
Culture & Heritage Museums
[Update – Oct. 13: Tickets are sold out]
Step outside and into the past for fall festivities at Historic Brattonsville’s Harvest on the Homestead
McCONNELLS, S.C. – Celebrate the Carolina Piedmont’s agricultural heritage with fall festivities at Historic Brattonsville’s Harvest on the Homestead. The living history farm bustles about in 19th century-style harvest-time activities in preparation for winter. Children of all ages can play old-fashioned games, join in on hands-on activities, and visit the barnyard animals. Historically dressed interpreters stoke up the open-hearth fire for seasonal dishes like corn cakes, forced pumpkin, and apple fritters; preservation demonstrations include the makings of apple butter, pressing cider, and pickling eggs. The wood shop and blacksmith forge will be buzzing with the production of bits and bobs. Historic preservation tours show what it takes to keep the doors open for Brattonsville’s architectural and cultural history.
Concessions available for purchase from Slow Smoking BBQ.
When: Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tickets: Online reservations only; limited availability. Reserve online at sales.chmuseums.org
Where: Historic Brattonsville is located at 1444 Brattonsville Road in McConnells, S.C. 29726
NOTE: Brattonsville Road will close for public safety; please look for detours.
taken during the last Harvest on the Homestead in Oct. 2019; courtesy of CHM
- A junior docent in 19th century dress shells corn.
- A volunteer in 19th century dress prepares apples for an assortment of seasonal dishes.
- Historically dressed staff prepare pumpkin, corn cakes and pickled eggs by the open hearth.
Contact Mcheek@chmuseums.org for high resolution images.
Good to know:
All visitors are encouraged to check the website chmuseums.org for up-to-date information and varying changes in each site’s operational hours, admission procedures, and programs.
An archive of educational virtual programs that preserve and communicate the cultural and natural history of the Carolina Piedmont is available for ongoing viewing on Culture & Heritage Museums YouTube Channel .
As part of the Museums for All initiative, Historic Brattonsville offers year round access with reduced rates for low-income families; visit museums4all.org for more information.
About Historic Brattonsville:
Historic Brattonsville features historic houses and structures built over the course of three generations of the Bratton family and the enslaved community. 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 what life was like in the Carolina Piedmont during the 18th and 19th century.
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: https://greenbookofsc.com/locations/historic-brattonsville/
About Culture & Heritage Museums of York County S.C.
Culture & Heritage Museums is a family of museums that includes the Museum of York County and Main Street Children’s Museum in Rock Hill; Historic Brattonsville in McConnells; and the McCelvey Center, which includes the Lowry Family Theater, the Historical Center of York County, and the Southern Revolutionary War Institute, in York. Culture & Heritage Museums is a Smithsonian Affiliate and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums; accreditation signifies “excellence and credibility to the entire museum community, to governments and outside agencies and to the museum-going public.”