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By the Sweat of Our Brows

Saturday, September 11, 2021 - 10:00am until 4:00pm

“By the Sweat of Our Brows” is an annual award-winning program where descendants of the African American community at Brattonsville come together to showcase family memorabilia and share family stories. This year’s program also pays tribute to the late Kitty Wilson-Evans, a gifted singer and storyteller known for giving voice to the plantation’s past.


The day begins at Historic Brattonsville’s original Slave House with the traditional ‘Calling of the Names’ - a reading of the 1865 Freedmen List from Harriet Bratton’s plantation. A guided tour of the site’s historic preservation projects and behind-the-scenes look inside the restored Brattonsville Store immediately follows. Descendant Dr. Lisa Bratton speaks about her quest for uncovering family genealogy at 1 p.m.

Location Details:

1444 Brattonsville Rd.
McConnells, SC 29726
(803) 684-2327

This site features over thirty colonial and antebellum structures, including two house museums. The plantation spreads over 800-acres and includes farmed land with heritage breed animals, a Revolutionary War battlefield site with interpretive trail, and a nature preserve with miles of walking trails. Seasonal events, reenactments, and living history programs interpret life in the Carolina Backcountry from the 1750s to the 1850s. Award-winning African American programs are an essential part of telling the story of the Carolina Piedmont. Also a site on the SC Ag + Art Tour. Open Tues–Sat: 10 am–5 pm and Sun: 1–5 pm, except New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission is charged. Limited handicap accessibility. I-77, exit 82-B.