For Immediate Release:
Jan. 24, 2023

Marie Cheek
Community Relations Coordinator
Culture & Heritage Museums

“By Way of the Back Door” — Living History Saturdays at Historic Brattonsville

Learn about the African American community on the Bratton plantation in the 18th and 19th centuries

McCONNELLS, S.C. – By Way of the Back Door is a living history program that reflects on the way of life for the enslaved people who endured on the Bratton plantation during the 18th and 19th centuries. Every Saturday in February, a unique program at Historic Brattonsville focuses on the African American community’s journey from enslavement to today.

WHAT: Living History Saturdays –“By Way of the Back Door”

WHEN: Every Sat. in Feb. from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. with Guided Tours at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.

Feb. 4 — Daily Life of Enslaved People

Feb. 11 – Foodways

Feb. 18 –Trades and the Skilled Enslaved People

Feb. 25 — Arts and Cultural Contributions

WHERE: Historic Brattonsville is located at 1444 Brattonsville Rd., McConnells, S.C. 29726
ADMISSION: Adults $8; Seniors $7; Youth $5; Free for CHM Members & under the age of three.



Historic Brattonsville is included in “The Green Book of South Carolina – A Travel Guide to S.C. African American Cultural Sites.” The travel guide lists tourism sites and attractions, which are on the National Register or have a State Historic Marker, from 46 counties in South Carolina.

IMAGE: A living history interpreter talks about African American foodways and demonstrates open hearth cooking  during a previous event at Historic Brattonsville. Photo courtesy of Culture & Heritage Museums.