Apr 15 2010

Living Lowcountry history

By Carlin Timmons

Celebrate National Park Week with two days of Lowcountry living history. Charles Pinckney National Historic Site in Mount Pleasant presents Colonial Days from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 23, and Saturday, April 24, 2010. The programs include demonstrations of period craftsmanship, domestic arts, games and military drills. All programs are free and the park charges no admission. Large groups should call 881-5516 for reservations.

Watch craftsmen in period dress demonstrate rice-pounding, indigo-dyeing, iron-smithing and brick masonry. The Carolina Ladies Aide Society will demonstrate domestic arts such as spinning, weaving and quilting. Visitors can participate in a game of historic cricket. Also included are Revolutionary War soldiers, musket drills and firings, sweet-grass basket sewing, African drumming, Gullah story-telling and dramatic presentations on Eliza Lucas Pinckney and Charles Pinckney.

Charles Pinckney National Historic Site preserves a 28-acre remnant of Snee Farm, the Lowcountry plantation of Charles Pinckney, a founding father and framer of the United States Constitution. Located at 1254 Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant, the park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days. For more information, call 881-5516 or visit www.nps.gov/chpi

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