Saturday, January 28, 2012

Brattonsville. {365 - Day 28}

Continuing our apparent January theme of historic farms, we headed to Rock Hill, SC to visit Brattonsville, an historic plantation.  There are 30 buildings on the property, dating from mid-1700s through the Civil War period.  Much like our visit to Latta Plantation Sarah Beth was thrilled to be greeted by some farm animals.  Free-ranging chickens, cats, a pair of large pigs, and some handsome sheep were in attendance.

The main home is beautiful.  The movie "The Patriot" (starring Mel Gibson before he went all wack-a-doo) was filmed here.  We had a wonderful afternoon exploring the grounds and the buildings at our own pace.  We couldn't believe that we were one of only a few groups visiting on such a pretty warm day.

The photo I chose for today was taken in the main house.  Sarah Beth was hesitant to walk inside, but once we got her in there she didn't want to leave.  Like a giant playhouse to a 2 year old.  I loved the ornate staircase, the well-worn banister and the way the light poured in from the window on the landing.

Day 28 {Canon 7D + Photoshop}

Here are a few more shots of the day so I can share how cool this place is.

Aforementioned sheep.  They are some fancy boutique sheep breed according to the brochure.  They were very friendly until they realized we weren't going to feed them.  I don't think they would have liked peanut butter Lara bars anyway.  Here he is saying hi.
They have historic interpreters at the farm who dress in period costume and do period "stuff."  Today they were picking cotton.  SB got to pick cotton too.  I tried to explain that cotton growing in the field is what her clothes were made from.  I don't think she got it, but the cotton was fun to play with.

I believe these were old slave quarters. The slave quarters were made of brick on this plantation, which was unusual.  Either done to flaunt the family's wealth or more practically, because they made the bricks on the farm.  I love how ominous the bare trees look.  And I love the word ominous.

 One of the many outbuildings (chicken coop maybe?) along with my two favorite people.
If you live in the area, pack a picnic and go for a visit.  You won't be disappointed!


  1. Great blog. So glad tht you enjoyed your visit! We'd love to have you come again, soon. There's always lots to see and do in the 18th and 19th centuries!

    1. Thank you! So glad you found my post! We had a wonderful time at Brattonsville and we'll definitely be back soon.

  2. it is a great place, you should visit when they have a festivity going on, like childrens day on the farm. There are many more people in period clothing, selling period goods, people walking around telling stories, battles going on..... it really is a great place to visit and learn!

    1. oh and I forgot.....GREAT pictures!!!

    2. Thanks! We'll definitely be back for children's day. My daughter loved it there!