Marie McAden



State park historic homes to host holiday events

Posted 12/6/2013 9:24:00 PM

Need a break from the holiday madness? Experience Christmas before smart phones and laptops topped everyone’s wish list.

Three state park historic sites will be hosting holiday events this month, offering visitors the chance to enjoy a stress-free Colonial-era Christmas. Instead of blow-up Santas and 10,000 twinkling lights, homes were decorated with natural evergreens, holly and handmade ornaments. Park rangers will lead tours and tell stories of these simple celebrations.

The festivities will kick off with “Christmas at Rose Hill Plantation,” home of “secession governor” William Henry Gist and his family. Tours of the Union house will be offered every half hour from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8. Sunday’s event will include a special visit by Father Christmas.

This year, the focus is on Christmas celebrations during the Civil War era and how the war affected the family.

Cost for the tour is $7.50 for visitors ages 6 and older, free for kids 5 and younger, and will include refreshments served in the original plantation kitchen. Some of the treats are from recipes dating back to the 1800s!

For more information, click here or call (864) 427-5966.

“A Holiday Evening at Redcliffe” is set for Dec. 14. The event will begin with a holiday concert at 4 p.m., followed by refreshments on the porch overlooking the terraced grounds of the Beech Island mansion.

Participants will have the opportunity to tour the two-story Greek Revival-style home at their leisure from 5 to 8 p.m. Event fee is $7 for adults, $5 for children 5 to 16. For more information, click here or call (803) 827-1473.

Wrapping up the historic yuletide celebrations is “Holidays at Hampton Plantation” taking place from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at the McClellanville historic site, once home to South Carolina poet laureate Archibald Rutledge.

Park rangers will tell visitors some of Rutledge’s favorite Christmas tales and recount life on the rice plantation. Participants also will enjoy baked goodies and hot cider. If you want to go green, bring your own mug.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted by event sponsor Friends of Hampton. For more details on the event, click here or call (843) 546-9361.