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In the Dark of the Night

Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 6:00pm until 8:00pm

Surrounded by the forest, with only the stars above, join in this twilight hike along the park's half-mile nature trail and see what nightlife was like in the 1800s. Learn about the constellations and how enslaved individuals used the stars to navigate their way to freedom. Weather permitting, the Midlands Astronomy Club will be on hand with telescopes to view planets and stars. Meet 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. Bring a flashlight (preferably red light), binoculars, bug spray, a blanket and/or chair and a mug for a complimentary beverage. Please be aware that lighting will be limited and the ground is slightly uneven. In the event of inclement weather, the program may not be held. Reservations are required by January 21st. Reserve via e-mail or call (864) 427-5966. Cost is $10 per person (age 6 and older). Age 5 and under are free. This is a S.C. Park Passport Plus program. For more details about this event, please visit the website here.

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 charged for tours and special events. No mansion tours on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day. Shelter can be reserved for a fee.