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“Nice To Learn About South Carolina History”

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.
Lake Wylie, South Carolina
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Nice To Learn About South Carolina History”
Reviewed February 14, 2014

I stopped by Historic Brattonsville on a whim when I had gone out for a drive to explore the area. If you like learning about history, this is a pleasant way to do so. I went in January so it was a bit cold that day but it was an educational experience ( being new to the South and South Carolina ). Living history Saturdays all year long with costumed interpreters. I think younger kids and adults alike can enjoy learning about how difficult life was in the 1800's. Very pretty grounds and lots of special events each month. They have a 7.5 mile long trail ( Walt Schrader Trails ) so it could be a great walk here as well. Very interesting. Small charge by the Museum.

Visited January 2014
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“More American history”
Reviewed November 9, 2013

Historial Brattonsville is set up in two distinct regions, colonial and antebellum. Starting at the Visitor's Center, the guide suggests you start with the colonial, take a break in the (thankfully air-conditioned!) second part of the Visitor's Center building to watch a short film, then continue across the highway with the antebellum portion.

Our first stop was the Backwoods Cabin, which is a reproduction set in a "foresty" area. Our second stop was back at the Visitor's Center to inquire about mosquito repellent. They don't sell it, but the employee very kindly lent us a container that previous visitors had left behind. Freshly sprayed, we returned the repellent and continued with our tour.

A lot of the buildings are either recreations or are originally built but transfered from other areas. The visitor guide details the entire layout, gives dates, tells how each building was used, and whether they are reproductions or transplants.

The film portion was a nice break; July in South Carolina can be a little humid. There are several displays in this room that make a nice break from outside.

My favorite part was the antebellum layout; the main house was great. The original owner was a doctor who practiced from his home. I got a few great pictures, one was of my son, a 21st century doctor, contemplating the 19th century medical equipment and offices.

All of the buildings in both parts of the tour are furnished in the style for the times they were originally used. The antebellum house had original furniture and interestingly enough, was used in Mel Gibson's "The Patriot". The draperies and some of the uphostery were added to the house for the movie production and have been left in place.

We weren't there for any reenactments and did not visit the Revolutionary War Battlefield. I didn't miss the reenactment but wish we had thought to visit the battlefield. Why didn't we? Hmm. Probalby because of all the walking we'd already done.

Excellent but long tour, the entry fee is very reasonable. Wear comfortable walking shoes - there isn't any strenuous walking but there is a lot of it. I'd also recommend a hat and sunscreen as you're outdoors and not enough consistent shade to protect you. Have fun, it's definitely worth a look!

Visited July 2013
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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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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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
1 Thank rudeman_j
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72 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“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
2 Thank Linda Sue N
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