For Immediate Release:
Nov. 21, 2023
Learn about South Carolina’s Tea Parties at Historic Brattonsville’s Hightower Hall
Steeped in History: Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party
McCONNELLS, S.C. – Commemorate the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party at Historic Brattonsville’s Hightower Hall. Discover the history of the Boston Tea Party and its connection to the Carolinas and the lesser-known Charleston, Wilmington, and Eddington tea parties. Enjoy a Colonial Tea tasting from Charleston’s Oliver Pluff Tea Company. Discuss proper tea etiquette. Create your own blend of loose-leaf tea to take home. Peruse Hightower Hall, the circa 1853 Italian Villa style home, with its sweeping grounds.
Culture & Heritage Museums Historian, Zach Lemhouse will be speaking at the Hightower Hall event about the history of the Carolinas’ tea parties. Lemhouse says “The Boston Tea Party, and the many other lesser-known tea parties that occurred throughout the thirteen colonies, demonstrated Patriot commitment to the ideal of “no taxation without representation.” These brave men and women risked their lives and livelihoods to fight for this cornerstone of American democracy.”
WHAT: Steeped in History: Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party
WHERE: Hightower Hall, 1036 Brattonsville Rd., McConnells, S.C. 29726
WHEN: December 16 at 3 – 5 p.m.
TICKETS: Pre-registration is required: chmuseums.org/event
Cost: $30 nonmember; $25 CHM member
Space is limited, for adults only (18 yrs).
IMAGE: Located at Historic Brattonsville in York County, S.C., Hightower Hall is a significant vernacular rendition of Italian Villa style architecture. Built circa 1853 for John Simpson Bratton II, a locally prominent planter and politician, the house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Credit: Culture & Heritage Museums
Historic Brattonsville features over 30 colonial and antebellum structures, including three house museums. The plantation spreads over 800-acres and includes farmed land with heritage breed animals, a Revolutionary War battlefield, and a nature preserve with miles of walking trails. Seasonal events, reenactments, living history programs, and award-winning exhibits interpret the Carolina Piedmont’s history from the days of the American Revolution through the Reconstruction Era. Historic Brattonsville is included in “The Green Book of South Carolina” – a travel guide to African American cultural sites. https://greenbookofsc.com/