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Andrew Jackson's 250th Birthday Celebration

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 10:00am until 4:00pm

Come out to celebrate the 250th birthday of the 7th President of the United States at his boyhood homeplace and the 50th anniversary of the "Boy of the Waxhaws" sculpture. Join us for a day of living history demonstrations. Take a stroll around the lawn to meet traditional crafters and reenactors. Listen to the blasts of black powder guns during firing demonstrations by Revolutionary War reenactors. See how everyday items that we can get any retail store today were made by hand during President Jackson’s time. Visit with traditional crafters on the museum lawn as they demonstrate 18th century skills and sell their wares. Stop at the various hands-on activity tables where you may play with colonial toys, write on a slate or with a quill pen, churn butter and dip candles. Visit the museum to learn why we celebrate this native son. Don't forget to get a tour of the one-room schoolhouse by the Retired Educators of Lancaster County. Come early to choose a plant from the Clemson Extension Master Gardeners of Lancaster County plant sale. Wilbur’s Last Ride will have barbeque and hot dogs for sale. Have a sweet treat from our bake sale for dessert. This year, you can learn about blacksmithing, woodworking and salt making. Watch as basket makers demonstrate their skills and purchase one of their creations for yourself. If you are lucky, you might get to chat with Old Hickory himself or hear a tale from one of our other storytellers. Enjoy a piece of birthday cake after the noon ceremony. The Friends of Andrew Jackson State Park are raffling off an original Bob Doster statue depicting Andrew Jackson on horseback with sits on a base in the shape of Lancaster County. Tickets sell for $2 each or 3 tickets for $5. The drawing will be at 2 p.m. This event is sponsored by Andrew Jackson State Park, the Friends of Andrew Jackson State Park, and the Lancaster County Retired Educators. The park has planned Golden Sestercentennial events through 2017 to honor the 250th anniversary of the birth of President Jackson. Please visit the website.

Andrew Jackson State Park preserves and protects the site of Andrew Jackson’s boyhood home in South Carolina. Among its attractions are a museum about Andrew Jackson’s boyhood, a reproduction schoolhouse, trails, a campground, and a fishing lake. (803) 285-3344.



Location Details:

196 Andrew Jackson Park Rd.
Lancaster , SC 29720
(803) 285-3344

Created as a memorial to the seventh president of the United States, the park features an Andrew Jackson Museum that details his boyhood in the South Carolina backcountry in the 18th century and a birthday celebration held each March in his honor.  The museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays, 1–5 pm and by appointment. Other popular features include living history programs, an 18th-century replica schoolhouse, campground and picnic facilities, a fishing lake and nature trails. Hours of operation: 8am-6pm, daily from Nov.1-March 31; 9am-9pm daily April 1-Oct. 31. Museum hours: Sat & Sun, 1pm-5pm, M-F by appointment or when staff is available. Schoolhouse hours: Mid-March to November, Sat: 1pm-5pm and Sun: 2pm-5pm. Office hours: 11am-noon, daily. Self-guided tours of the park museum and schoolhouse are available during the hours when these facilities are open. Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife. Park entrance fee charged for ages 16 and older.