Today we went to Historic Brattonsville, which is a living museum of a plantation around the late 1800s and early 1900s. They were having a special event today called “By the Sweat of our Brows” which featured people dressed as and talking about the slaves that worked on the plantation.
We are museum members, so it was free for us! We will probably go back for other events, too. We had a very good time. It didn’t start great, with a loud “No no, we don’t allow pets” from the people at the door. I replied “That’s great, she’s a service dog” and they let us be on our way. Later on the people behind us in line saw us again and commended me for being so brave and speaking up like I did. That was nice.
We got there right at 10AM when the event started to try to beat the heat. We were among the first there! We made a beeline to the farm animals! They had a horse, some cows, sheep, and some pigs. The horse was awesome. He wasn’t as big as Chanda’s horse, and he was off white all over his body and mane and tail. He was very friendly.
At first, I kept Hestia back a ways so I didn’t bother Mr Horsey. But the horse was VERY interested in smelling her. Hestia was a little scared to be honest, but who wouldn’t be being as small as she is meeting a full sized horse! Brad got some really great pictures of Hestia and the horse.
Next we saw the sheep, but they weren’t interested in making friends. Then we went to the pigs. Hestia about lost it when she saw the pigs! She nearly jumped out of my arms to go and play with them! Then she started barking at me when I didn’t let her see the pigs, so I turned around right away and left the pig area. So I missed all the fun Brad had of getting a picture of a pig peeing, and pictures of the pigs in their enclosure.
There were lots of interpreters there, dressed for the time of the museum, doing period things like making bricks, spinning wool, cooking, and showing people around the place. They were all super nice. Besides the horse, I think my favorite part of the museum to see was one of the better-built slave cabins, for slaves that were skilled. It was made of brick instead of wood and had a fire going in the fireplace. They had a cot and pillows on the floor for sleeping, as well as a sleeping area upstairs (many people would be forced to live in these small structures). It was decorated as if it were a well-used house, with personalized furnishings like an old worn quilt and a toy.
We got to talk with a woman about the history of Brattonsville, turns out she wrote a booklet on Brattonsville slaves and is descended from slaves who originally worked at the plantation. We had a great time talking with her, and Brad bought her booklet to learn more about what she uncovered in her PhD research.
Our last stop was to get our portraits done! They had art students from Winthrop University there doing portraits for free! It turns out we were popular to draw because we got one of Brad, one of Hestia and me, and one of the three of us! I think we’re going to get frames and frame them. I at least love mine!
We went home before we got totally exhausted by the heat, thank goodness. I wore my orange and pink wool sundress and my new floppy straw hat to shade my face. Brad wore his new linen long sleeved and long pantsed outfits. He prefers to cover up rather than apply sunscreen all over.
So, that was our trip to Historic Brattonsville! We had a really good time, and now you can enjoy all the pictures that Brad took!