For Immediate Release:
Dec. 19, 2023

Marie Cheek
Community Relations Coordinator
Culture & Heritage Museums

It’s “Everything but the Oink” every Saturday in January at Historic Brattonsville

Living History interpreters demonstrate pork processing, preservation, and cooking

McCONNELLS, S.C. – Historically-dressed interpreters at Historic Brattonsville demonstrate pork processing, preservation, and cooking as it was done in the 18th and 19th centuries in the Carolina Piedmont. Each Saturday in the month of January focuses on the different steps in the preservation process. “Everything but the Oink” presents how the pig was valued and fully utilized in the regional community. Historical cooking demonstrations illustrate how pork was the staple of the Southern diet.

Jan.  6: Prepping — Sharpening knives, seasoning cast iron pots, skillets, and grinders

Jan. 13: Portioning — Processing half a pig at 1 p.m. with ongoing salt preservation techniques

Jan. 20: Processing — Cooking with offal. Making soap. Salting demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Jan. 27: Presenting– Pork use and dishes in the 18th and 19th centuries. Salting demonstration at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

WHEN: Every Saturday in January (6, 13, 20, 27) 10 a.m.  – 4 p.m.

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.



IMAGES: Living history interpreters at Brattonsville demonstrate pork processing, preservation, and cooking as it was done in the 18th and 19th centuries. In the Carolina Piedmont, hog butchering was traditionally a winter activity.

1. Preparing the pork requires a sharp knife.

2. Lard is used for making soap.

3. Cooking demonstrations show how pork was utilized. 

Credit: Culture & Heritage Museums staff. For high resolution images, contact

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. Award-winning exhibits and programs tell York County’s unique history from the American Revolution to the Reconstruction Era.  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 centuries.

Historic Brattonsville is included in “The Green Book of South Carolina – A Travel Guide to S.C. African American Cultural Sites.”