For Immediate Release:
Jan. 24, 2024

Marie Cheek
Community Relations Coordinator
Culture & Heritage Museums

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

Each Saturday in February offers a unique program that reflects the African American journey from enslavement to today

McCONNELLS, S.C. – By Way of the Back Door is a living history program that interprets the way of life for the enslaved community who endured on the Bratton Plantation and their journey to freedom. Each Saturday in February, Historic Brattonsville offers a unique focus on African American history and culture in the Carolina Piedmont from the American Revolution to the Reconstruction Era.

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. and 2 p.m.

“By Way of the Back Door” itinerary:

Feb.   3 – Daily Life of Enslaved People. Ongoing activities center on food rations, hair care, clothing and laundry. Learn how people of African descent were involved in the American Revolution. Guided Battlefield Tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Feb. 10 – Trades and the Skilled Enslaved People. Woodworking and natural dyeing techniques are ongoing activities. Black history site tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Feb. 17 – Agriculture. Cooking for the planter class and running the historic cotton gin are ongoing activities. Black history site tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Feb. 24 – Arts and Cultural Contributions. Living history interpreters focus on African American culture through storytelling, toys and games. Barbeque cooking is the featured activity. Black history site tours at 11 a.m. and 2 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.



IMAGE: A living history interpreter prepares fresh greens for open hearth cooking during a previous event at Historic Brattonsville. Photo courtesy of Culture & Heritage Museums.

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.