Civil War Reenactment
at Hightower Hall
Oct 23-25, 2015
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On behalf of the Sixth South Carolina Volunteers and the Culture & Heritage Museums of York County, I'd like to invite you to come join us for a weekend of fun and exciting history as we present the annual Civil War reenactment at Historic Brattonsville, located just two miles east of McConnells, SC. (map)
This year's Brattonsville event will be located on-site of Hightower Hall, an impressive wood slat panel structure built in 1856 for John Bratton Jr. and his wife Harriet Bratton. This unique structure features a prominent three-story central tower with deep eaves, large vertical windows, bracketed mounts and a low pitched hip roof. After its completion, the home became the centerpiece of a significant nineteenth and twentieth century plantation.
Brattonsville was placed on the National Records of Historic Places in 1971 and is home to 29 other historic structures built from the 1760's through the 19th century, all spread out over 775 beautiful acres located within the Brattonsville boundary line.
Several buildings here, including Hightower Hall, the site of this year's event, were used in the filming of the Revolutionary War epic "The Patriot" starring actor Mel Gibson as Benjamin Martin and nominated for three academy awards.
A Few Important Reminders...
All Palmetto Battalion Safety Regulations and Field Orders will be in effect for every participant of this event.
Please be prepared to portray a Federal impression during one day of the event.
All tents with the exception campaigner and civilian will be formed upon a lined company street.
The Historic Brattonsville site is known as a living museum. Please help us maintain the facilities and surrounding landscape made available for our benefit and enjoyment while here.
Again, we welcome your participation in this event. So come on out and join us for a fun filled weekend of interesting and exciting history and camaraderie.
6th SC Volunteers
School Education Day Program, Reenactor Meal Ticket, and Cannon Bounties
1- School Education Day Program
- On Friday, Oct 23, prior to the weekend’s reenactment event, a School Education Day program is being planned for all public and home schools located within the local community. The program will begin at 9:00 am and end at 1:00 pm.
- There will be no time limits set on each presentation. Students will remain at each station for as long as the topic being presented holds their attention. Most of you already know a child's attention span measures no more than 15 min or less. But please feel free to keep them longer if you can.
- Reenactors: All military and Civilian reenactors are invited and encouraged to participate in this school program by taking part in one of the history presentations or just by being present to help create the backdrop of the time. Plans are to set up each display presentation in and around the Hightower Hall house. If you’d like to participate as a reenactor in the School Day program please contact Gerald Goins at 803-328-0491 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
- School Teachers: If your school hasn’t already received invitation to attend Friday’s School Education Day Program at Brattonsville and you have an interest in doing so, please contact Karen Cox, School Programs Manager at 803.684.2327 or email@example.com and make your reservations to attend.
2- Meal Ticket (Reenactor Sat Evening Meal)
- The event host will be providing a reenactor meal around 6:00 Saturday evening. To ensure you a guaranteed meal we ask that you pre-register before the deadline of Oct 20 so we’ll know to include you in the headcount. Upon your arrival on site be sure to sign in at the HQ/Registration tent and receive your meal ticket. You will need a ticket to ensure yourself a meal. After participants with meal tickets have passed through the line, all others will be first come first served until the remaining food and refreshment disappears. Bring your cup, plate, and eating utensils if you have them. Paper plates, cups, and plastic utensils will be available in limited quantity only.
3- Cannon Bounties
- The event has now reached its limit on Artillery Pieces and Powder Bounties ($100.00). All other Artillery reenactors who wish to participate are still more than welcome to do so by setting up their cannon as a static camp display for engaging spectators in the practice and procedure of Artillery Drill and Gun Maintenance as they venture through the camps.
For your convienience fully completed registration forms can be scanned and sent by email instead of US Mail by sending to firstname.lastname@example.org
WILL BE IN EFFECT DURING THE EVENT
||All uniforms and equipment must be of proper materials, construction and appearance.
||Infantry weapons must consist of 3 band muskets or proper revolvers for officers. For cavalry, carbines, revolvers, and sabers. No shotguns, hawkins, or flintlocks.
||NO KNIVES allowed on the battlefield. Only officers, Cavalry, and designated NCO's are to carry edged weapons.
||Horses must have current Coggins Certification (SC State Law).
||Horses are not to be ridden in infantry, refugee, or civilian camps.
||Fire-pits allowed in designated areas only . Pits must be above ground using fieldstone or logs as a fire barrier. No dug fire pits.
||No non period music, musical instruments or playback equipment.
||Vehicles must be parked in designated areas only (See Map for Reenactor Parking) All vehicles must be out of camp by 8:00am Saturday. No Exceptions!! Vehicles will not be allowed back into camp until 3:00pm Sunday.
||All modern equipment must be out of public sight at all times.
||Pre-rolled rounds only, No Penny wrappers, staples, tape, aluminum foil or waxed rounds. The use of ' Wonder Wads " is strictly forbidden.
||Bayonets will not be fixed except upon the orders of the commanding officer.
||Unit commanders are responsible for the conduct of their men.
||Any soldier missing safety inspection will not be allowed on the battlefield.
||Must be prepared to portray a Federal impression during one day of the event if needed.
||Pets and Smoking are prohibited while on site.
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Historic Bratton Homestead
Built between 1823 and 1826 this imposing house was home to Dr. John Simpson Bratton and his wife Harriet Rainey Bratton. Dr. Bratton was a son of Col. William and Martha Bratton. By the time this house was constructed the Brattons were a wealthy and influential family, so John and Harriet's home and possessions reflected their high social prominence. The side wings were probably added by 1828. Dr. Bratton died unexpectedly in 1843. Harriet continued to live in the house and with the help of her sons she managed the large plantation. In 1853 she paid for the construction of a grand Greek Revival porch. She remained in the house until her death in 1874. Brattons continued to live in the house until 1915 when the last member of the family moved to York. The house was then occupied by a succession of tenants and eventually was abandoned.
In the 1970s local concerned citizens rallied to save the house and restoration began in 1975. The house is now furnished to reflect 1840s taste and styles, and many of the furnishings were crafted in the Carolina Piedmont and show a distinctive southern furniture heritage.
Historic Brattonsville is a restored village of 18th and 19th century structures developed over several generations by members of the Bratton Family. It includes the original homes of the Bratton family, dwellings of early South Carolinians, and reproductions of buildings built between 1760-1840. When Scot Irish and German people from Europe came to America, some settled first in Pennsylvania and then migrated to Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. This part of the Carolinas is called the Backcountry which is located in the Piedmont.
Historic Brattonsville was chosen as the site for the filming of the Academy Award winning Motion Picture "The Patriot", with some of the movie's most memorable scenes filmed here on site of the Bratton Family Plantation home.
For more on the interesting history of Historic Brattonsville please visit Historic Brattonsville online...
Historic Brattonsville - Culture & Heritage Museums
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Directions To Historic Brattonsville
GPS Coordinates for Hightower Hall
Latitude 34'52'27.25"N - Longitude 81'10'51.31"W
From Columbia - Take I-77 north, get off on Exit 73. At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn left on Highway 901 and proceed three miles to Highway 72/121; turn left. Proceed south on Hwy 72 four miles and turn right on Highway 324. Follow Hwy 324 five miles to its intersection with Highway 322 and turn left. From this intersection follow Hwy 322 south for five miles, passing Bethesda Presbyterian Church on the left. One mile beyond the church, turn left on Brattonsville Road and proceed two miles to the Visitors Center on the left.
From Charlotte - Take I-77 south, cross the Catawba River and take the second exit (82-B) for Rock Hill. This exit is not called Cherry Road. Coming off the exit the traveler will be on Cherry Road traveling southwest. Proceed through Rock Hill on Cherry Road. The road narrows to a two-lane road after crossing Highway 901 and becomes Highway 322. Follow Hwy 322 approximately ten miles, passing Bethesda Presbyterian Church on the left. One mile beyond the church, turn left on Brattonsville Road and proceed two miles to the Visitors Center on the left.
From Greenville, Spartanburg - Travel north on I-85 and take Exit 102. At the top of the exit ramp you will be facing Hardee's restaurant. Turn right and follow the road, crossing double railroad tracks before coming to the end of the road at Highways 5 and 29. Turn left, traveling one mile before turning right on Highway 5 to York. At the first stoplight in York, turn right on Highway 321 south. Follow Hwy 321 for approximately nine miles to Brattonsville Road and turn left. Proceed on Brattonsville Road three miles to the Visitors Center on the left.
From Clinton, Newberry, Batesburg - Take Highway 72 or 121 north toward Whitmire. Follow Hwy 72 toward Chester and turn left on Highway 321, traveling toward McConnells. At McConnells, go right on Hwy 322 for two miles, then take a right on Brattonsville Road. Proceed two miles to the Visitors Center on the left.
From Gastonia - Take Highway 321 south toward Clover. Stay on Hwy 321, taking the 321 by-pass around York.
From Lancaster - Take Highway 521 north out of Lancaster. Turn left onto SC Highway 5 and proceed into Rock Hill. Turn left onto Cherry Road. The road narrows to a two-lane road after crossing Highway 901, and becomes Highway 322. Follow Hwy 322 approximately ten miles, passing Bethesda Presbyterian Church on the left. One mile beyond the church, turn left on Brattonsville Road and proceed three miles to the Visitors Center on the left.
From York - Follow Hwy 321 for approximately nine miles to Brattonsville Road and turn left. Proceed on Brattonsville Road three miles to the Visitors Center on the left.
Historic Brattonsville Interactive Map
Brattonsville Visitor Center: 1444 Brattonsville Rd., McConnells, SC 29726
GPS Coordinates for Hightower Hall
Latitude 34'52'27.25"N - Longitude 81'10'51.31"W
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