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“A Family Tradition”

Historic Brattonsville
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Owner description: This 775-acre Revolutionary War living history site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features more than 30 historic structures. The site chronicles the development of the Carolina Piedmont from the 1750s through the 1840s, includes African-American interpretation and hosts the annual reenactment of the Revolutionary War Battle of Huck's Defeat, which took place here 225 years ago.Historic Brattonsville includes a Heritage Farm Program and Walt Schrader Trails.
Charlotte, North Carolina
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54 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“A Family Tradition”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

Many years ago, my son & I visited Brattonsville for their annual Christmas Candlelight Tour. As we're the "History Buffs" in the family, we left the rest of the family at home. We had a wonderful time. The experience is unforgettable. The grounds are illuminated with candle-lit lanterns and small fires. Various structures feature different themes and characters convey a story from a particular time in history. Refreshments can be purchased and enjoyed by a big bonfire while listening to the "Night Before Christmas" being read by a primitive looking Santa. I don't know if it's the stories, the costumes or the stars that seem to shine brighter here than anywhere else, but this quickly became our symbolic kick-off for the Holiday season. Many years have passed since our first visit. My son grew up, went to war, returned, and started his own life, but every year, on the 1st or 2nd weekend of December, the 2 of us make our way to Brattonsville for more wonderful memory making adventures. It's a magical experience and should be enjoyed by everyone.

Visited December 2012
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Indian Land, South Carolina
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97 reviews
39 attraction reviews
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“Two Historical Periods in One Beautiful Place”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

On a day trip from Charlotte, we decided to check out Historic Brattonsville and were glad we did. The location is actually two locations in one: Revolutionary era and the antebellum period. We went on a Saturday when there is some "living history" going on - in this case, ladies were cooking in both areas and a gentlemen was showing the fine art of firing a circa 1760 musket.

The visitors' center is quite nice with clean restrooms both inside and out. There is a small gift shop that also sells water and other liquid refreshments - a necessity on a hot summer day. The Revolutionary side has about 10-12 buildings, including two "homes" showing how the different "classes" lived.

The antebellum side has a beautiful plantation home and lots of outbuildings to explore, plus a working farm, though the animals were well-hidden in the heat of the day.

There is also a set of nature trails that we plan to explore in the Fall. I did take the trail down to the site of the Battle of Huck's Defeat, which was a nice walk but, since the battlefield is all grown up, it's really just a platform with a hand-crank recording of a set of narratives of the battle. Worth the walk but don't expect to see a "battlefield".

There are several reenactments held here during the course of the year, in addition to other events. We plan to return for one of them soon.

Visited August 2013
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94 reviews
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“Historical site”
Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

Interesting and seemed to be accurate for the time represented. Some buildings were moved from other locations and others from original locations or were constructed with the time period in mind. There was one house burnt in abt 2004 that wasn't restored and another two houses in need of restoration. Overall though good and interesting.

Visited July 2013
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Yorba Linda, California
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237 reviews
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“History in a beautiful setting”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

A historic home that was originally 6,000 acres with homes, out buildings, vegetable gardens, etc. There are people quilting, gardening in 18th and 19th century gardens who explain their role in their period. There are hiking areas, a small gift shop, and restrooms. Good for all ages. Not especially stroller or wheelchair friendly. $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and small children are free. No food or drinks on site.

Visited June 2013
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ft mill South CArolina
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“Great History perspective!”
Reviewed June 5, 2013

It was a memorable experience with my daughter and her class. Saw the war not as a Yankee but also as a rebel. Looked at the severity of war and all the lives lost, unbelieveable. saw actors reinact a scene from the war and also the doctors and how they helped the wounde\d.

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