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In the Dark of the Night

Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 8:00pm until 10:00pm

Experience this state park's grounds in the twilight hours. Learn about the constellations and how enslaved individuals would use the cover of dark to escape with only the stars to navigate their way. Surrounded by forest, with only the stars above you, come out and join in on a twilight nature hike followed by a bonfire. Enjoy s’mores as you gaze at the sky, see a few shooting stars from the Perseids meteor shower, and hear interesting facts and myths about the stars overhead. The night begins at 8:00 p.m. behind the kitchen at the rear of the Gist Mansion. Attendees are asked to dress for the weather and wear comfortable clothing with hiking boots or sneakers. Please be aware that lighting will be limited and the ground is slightly uneven. Bring a flashlight, bug spray, a blanket or chair for seating by the bonfire, and a mug (we will fill it with a drink for you). In the event of inclement weather, the program may not be held. Cost: $10.00 per person. This is a Passport Plus program. Reservations are required by Monday, August 6th. E-mail or call us so we can take your reservation. 


Location Details:

2677 Sardis Rd.
Union, SC 29379
(864) 427-5966

Offers visitors insight into the upcountry cotton plantation of South Carolina’s “Secession Governor,” William Henry Gist. Rose Hill served as Gist’s primary residence during his tenure as governor and during the tumultuous months of pending Civil War. The house, its furnishings, surrounding gardens and outbuildings document the lifestyle and changes experienced by the Gist family and the enslaved African Americans who occupied the plantation from the antebellum era through Reconstruction. Includes a picnic shelter and hiking trail to the Tyger River. Park hours: 9 am–6 pm daily (no admission fee). Mansion tours: Mar–Oct, daily at 11 am, 1 & 3 pm; Nov–Feb, Thurs–Mon at 11 am, 1 & 3 pm. Fee: $5 adult, $4 students, & $3 SC Seniors. No mansion tours on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day. Shelter can be reserved for a fee.