Spirits and Stories - Brattonsville by Twilight
Located at 1444 Brattonsville Rd, McConnells, SC 29726. Facebook >>>> CLICK HERE <<<<
Historic Brattonsville presents the history of the Scots-Irish and African-Americans in the South Carolina upcountry largely through preserving and interpreting the story of the Bratton community. Featuring more than 30 historic structures from the 1760s to the late 19th century, the site provides visitors with an opportunity to see the evolution of Southern culture and architecture in the Carolina Piedmont. Learn how people farmed the land, cooked their food and entertained themselves in the 18th and 19th centuries at this 778-acre living history museum. Historical farming techniques and day-to-day activities are presented by costumed interpreters year-round. Come explore the Huck’s Defeat Battlefield Trail and video documentary that bring to life one of the most important Revolutionary War battles in the Carolinas. Quoted from the Culture and Heritage Museum >>> Click Here <<<< for the link.
I was planning on arriving an hour before sunset but instead I arrived just as the sun had went down. It was the perfect night for ghost stories. The moon was full but you wouldn't be able to tell that for all the spooky clouds covering the skies. I was led by lanterns from the parking lot to the main office. There I could listen to some music by the campfire or play a few games.
From there,I followed lamps to the trail head and to the guides that kept me safe from the ghostly tales.
Huck was on a destructive rampage through the south and set his sites on Captain John McClure and Colonel William Bratton. Huck captured Captain John McClure's brother and brother n law and set fire to their homes. Sentencing them to a hanging the next day and terrorizing the boys mother.
Huck then set his sites on the Bratton Plantation where he threatened Martha and tried to force her to tell him her husbands whereabouts. Which she didn't. Martha sent a slave to warn Colonel Bratton of Hucks location. Which was now in a field in front of the neighboring home known as the Williamson Plantation.
Huck didn't make it long. He was surrounded with the roads cut off. Huck was killed while trying to rally his dragoons but was killed by John Caroll. John Caroll didn't get to brag about his kill for long as he also met his death when he was surprise while lighting his pipe not long after killing Huck.
Huck was not going to have a peaceful death. His bones were boiled and his remains were buried in an unmarked grave. It is said that his remains were never found and may still roam the woods to this day. Or does he?
After the stories are told, you could make your way to the concessions at he old school house and enjoy your snack in front of a campfire while enjoying some more music.
I cannot begin to describe the effort put forth by the volunteers at this event. I was only there for a few hours as some of them were there the entire day. Working tirelessly to provide historic value and put on an authentic production for their guests. I love working with Windy Cole and other volunteers at Brattonsville. I always learn something and see first hand the dedication and hard work, by the volunteers and administration, to keep the history of our backcountry alive.