For Immediate Release:
Nov. 16, 2022
Marie Cheek
Community Relations Coordinator
Culture & Heritage Museums

Christmas Candlelight Tours at Historic Brattonsville illuminate holiday traditions of the Carolina Piedmont 

McCONNELLS, S.C. – Christmas Candlelight Tours depict how people living on the Bratton plantation celebrated Christmas in 1852. The tours are guided by historically-dressed interpreters and feature scripted scenarios. Father Christmas makes his rounds as the brass band and fiddle music fills the air. Make-and-take activities include candle-dipping and ‘scherenschnitte’ snowflake ornaments.

Shopping opportunities and cash concessions available.

WHAT: Christmas Candlelight Tours at Historic Brattonsville

WHERE: Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Rd.  McConnells, S.C. 29726 ***Look for Detour – Brattonsville Rd. closes at 2:45 – 9 p.m. for safety***

WHEN: Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 with timed-tours scheduled from 3-8:30 p.m.

Rain date Dec. 11

TICKETS: Pre-registration required Online Purchasing | Culture & Heritage Museums (


GOOD TO KNOW: Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance for timed tour slots.

Historic Brattonsville will be closed to the public prior to this event.

IMAGES: Father Christmas makes his rounds during Historic Brattonsville’s Christmas Candlelight Tours at last year’s event on Dec. 4, 2021. Courtesy of CHM staff.

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 with interpretive trail, 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.

About Culture & Heritage Museums:

Culture & Heritage Museums is a family of museums in York County: Historic Brattonsville in McConnells, the McCelvey Center, which includes the Historical Center, in York, and the Museum of York County and Main Street Children’s Museum in Rock Hill. CHM is a Smithsonian Affiliate and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. According to AAM, accreditation is “the ultimate mark of distinction in the museum field” and “signifies excellence and credibility to the entire museum community, to governments and outside agencies and to the museum-going public.”