2012-09-24 / LifeStyles

Rose Hill Plantation hosts ‘Mansion by Moonlight’ Sept. 29

UNION – Rose Hill Plantation will offer a rare opportunity to tour the William H. Gist mansion and plantation grounds at night on Saturday, Sept. 29.

The event will take place from 7-9 p.m. during a full moon and visitors will explore what life might have been like after the sun went down on a mid-1800s Upstate plantation.

The tour will be conducted by lamp and candlelight. Guides will discuss and visitors will participate in some of the evening activities for both the plantation owner’s family and the enslaved people who lived at Rose Hill Plantation.

Those planning to participate should note that lighting will be limited and the ground is slightly uneven. Good walking shoes and comfortable clothing are recommended. The event will go on rain or shine.

Participation is limited to 15 persons. Call by Friday, Sept. 28, to make reservations. The cost is $10 for adults (ages 16 and over); $7 for students (age 6 to15); and free for age 5 and under.

Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site is the antebellum home of South Carolina’s “secession governor,” William H. Gist. Visitors to the 44-acre park can learn about the lifestyle of a wealthy Upstate plantation family, Gist’s contributions to politics and the importance of cotton in the South. Visitors also get an inside look at the role of enslaved African-Americans and tenant farmers in South Carolina’s history.

Park grounds are open daily from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. year round. The home is accessible by guided tours that are held March through October daily and November through February on Thursday through Monday. All tours of the home are at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

Rose Hill Plantation is located at 2677 Sardis Road, eight miles south of Union.

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