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In The Dark of the Night

Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 8:00pm until 10:00pm

Join us for an experience bringing astronomy, history, nature, and recreation together. Surrounded by forests, with only the stars above, come out and join in on a twilight nature hike followed by a bonfire. Enjoy s’mores as you gaze at the sky, learning about the constellations and how enslaved individuals would use the cover of dark to escape north with only the stars to navigate their way. Deadline to register: August 6th.  (864) 427-5966 or via e-mail: Cost is $10 per person (age 6 and older). Age 5 and under are free. This is a S.C. Park Passport Plus program. 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. 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.