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Forging a Life

Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 11:00am until 4:00pm

Explore the African-American historical experience at Rose Hill Plantation through powerful storytelling, interactive activities, and demonstrations by living historians. Following emancipation, some freed people left Rose Hill and others remained, becoming tenant farmers. In both slavery and freedom, African-Americans worked hard to forge a life for themselves and their families at Rose Hill Plantation. Interactive activities will include blacksmithing, cooking, and brick-making demonstrations as well as several other activities. In addition, Dontavius Williams as “Adam,” will present a personal story of an enslaved individual: The Chronicles of Adam. A food vendor will be on site offering lunch options for sale throughout the day - CASH ONLY. Admission to the park and program will be $5 for adults and $2 for children aged 6-15 (cash preferred). 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.