2677 Sardis RD

Union, SC 29379

Phone: (864) 427-5966

City: Union

Region: Midlands


What was life like for enslaved people on a plantation? Join us for "Labors" at Rose Hill Plantation to discover how enslaved African-Americans kept this 19th-century plantation in full running order. Rose Hill is the former home of South Carolina’s “secession governor” William Henry Gist and his family. In the 1800s Gist operated a very prosperous cotton and corn plantation at this location and, by 1860, owned 178 enslaved laborers. This program will examine several of the duties that these enslaved workers did on a regular basis as well as what their day-to-day life was like. Come listen to “Kessie” as she portrays the daily lives of enslaved women and children. “Cato” will engage you in activities to better understand the life of a young enslaved boy, while “Adam” gives a gripping account about his life growing up in slavery, "From a Boy to a Man." These interactive presentations will take place at various locations on the park from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. No reservations required. $2/person age 16 and older. Age 15 and under are free. A special optional tour of the Gist mansion will be offered at 10 a.m. and will emphasize the lives of enslaved people who worked inside the mansion. Separate tickets for this tour may be purchased in the park office 10 mins. prior to the tour.

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