By Dawn Davis for The Island Eye News
Charles Pinckney National Historic Site will offer a free, 45-minute program for Women’s History Month entitled “Founding Planter: One Pioneer’s Vision to Sustain the Wealth of the Carolina Colony” at 2 p.m. on March 10 and 24. Visitors will learn about the life of a Lowcountry planter Eliza Lucas Pinckney who is best known for growing and producing indigo.
The program will be held outdoors-weather permitting. Outdoor seating is limited so visitors are encouraged to bring chairs or a picnic blanket. Meet the ranger at the picnic area. A bottle of water, sunscreen and insect repellant are recommended.
At age 16, Eliza Lucas Pinckney managed three plantations and cared for her sister while her father was in the Caribbean.
With her success with cultivating indigo and its blue dye, indigo became the second major export of the Carolinas from the mid to late 1700s. Later in life, two of her children, Charles Costesworth Pinckney and Thomas Pinckney signed the U.S. Constitution. Pinckney was well known and respected. President George Washington served as a pallbearer at her funeral in 1793.
The park is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s days. It is a fee-free site. The site is home to an 1828 Lowcountry coastal cottage that serves as a museum and visitor center. Park grounds boast ornamental gardens and towering canopies of live oak and Spanish moss. Exhibits tell the story of Charles Pinckney and his contributions to the US Constitution, the United States as a young and emerging nation, and 1700s plantation life. Visitors can enjoy films, exhibits, archaeological displays, the grounds and nature trail, picnicking, photography, Junior Ranger activities and ranger programs as available.
Now entering its second century, the National Park Service continues to explore new ways to help visitors connect and find their parks. For more information on park news, events and programs you can follow us on Facebook at Facebook. com/PinckneyNPS, or visit the park website at NPS.gov/ chpi or call 843.881.5516. The park is located at 1254 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464.You can also share your park experience with others by posting on social media at #FindYourPark. Come find yours today.