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Brattonsville Historic District, McConnells

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The Brattonsville Historic District is a historic district and unincorporated community in York County, South Carolina. It includes three homes built between 1776 and 1855 by the Brattons, a prominent family of York County. It was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.Contributing propertiesThe Revolutionary House, built in 1776 by Colonel William Bratton, was originally a one-room log house with a small porch. Later additions were added to the original structure, and clapboard siding was placed over the original logs.The Homestead, Brattonsville's second house built about 1830 as the home of Dr. John S. Bratton, was significant as the center of an 8500-acre agricultural complex. This 12-room, 2⅛-story antebellum mansion is an example of Greek Revival residential architecture. The interior features Adam mantels, exquisite dadoes, and a carved staircase.The Brick House, built in 1855, has a two-story brick façade with end chimneys, a two-tiered portico, stucco-over-brick columns, and a two-story wooden wing at back; it was originally a private boarding school for girls.The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 19, 1971. In 1997, the district's boundary was increased to comprise 6760 acres, 24 buildings, 12 structures, and 1 object.Historic BrattonsvilleHistoric Brattonsville is the 775acre portion of the Brattonsville Historic District that is owned by the York County Culture and Heritage Commission and Dr. Rufus Bratton, and operates as an open-air museum. Buildings include Hightower Hall, The Homestead and the McConnell House (moved to the site in 1983).
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  • I have been here many times and have always liked it until today!wanted to show my friend a historical event. Got there early, was hot as usual but ok. Some of the people my friend tried talking to we...  more »
  • I good place to see some historic buildings in S C. We went to a event called hog butchering. They were cooking hogs over a fire with a grate, old fashioned cooking in a fireplace, some items were fro...  more »
  • This was our 3rd trip! I went for a field trip with my students one day and couldn't wait to come back with my husband. We came back for the Christmas candlelight tour and it was awesome! Today we wen...  more »
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  • We our visiting from Phoenix with family from England and we all enjoyed our day trip to Brattonsville so much. Really great family outing. The homes are so amazing, the history is wonderful and also includes history from The Patriot movie, the grounds are absolutely beautiful and well tended additionally. The actors all did such a fantastic job too and were full of information. We were really impressed. I've seen history reenactments before, but never any as good as what we saw are Brattonsville today. It really felt as if they had lived it. They were great at being living history. We had a wonderful picnic in the picnic area and the souvenir shop had really great prices on such cool pieces to my surprise. Can't wait to come back here during the fall. Make sure you go to the bathroom before venturing out and make sure to bring snacks, drinks, and a picnic. It can get hot during the day with lots of walking so make sure you stay hydrated, but the picnic area is in the shade which was nice and cool.
  • Brattonsville used to be one of my favorite places to visit. I would visit at least once a month to just relax and get a brief reprieve from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You get a sense of stepping back in time. It's refreshing to get a glimpse of how life was before technology and innovation completely took over. Time seemed to slow down and I really got the chance to soak in the peaceful atmosphere of a much simpler time.
  • Great little gem in the middle of nowhere. Everyone is really nice and there is shade on hot days. I took my two year old there and it was fun to walk around. Pretty stroller friendly (no paved but decent dirt trails).
  • Brattonsville, along with the Children's Museum (downtown Rock Hill), and the Museum of York County make up the Cultural and Heritage Museums. Brattonsville claims nearly 800 acres of "living museum", but you'll find most of that acreage is the Walt Schrader Walking Trails. The museum "proper" consists of only a few acres - what you can likely see from Maps street view. One side of the highway has the main house, built in the 1800's and quite impressive. The active farm is also on this side. The other side has several additional buildings -- things like schoolhouse, garden, blacksmith, etc. The volunteer actors are wonderful and a wealth of information. They do a terrific job. During non-event days, do not expect a ton of "stuff" to do. There are plenty of signs to read, and certainly lots of old buildings, but there is generally little interactive activity. If you are a CHM member, then swinging by for an hour or two is just fine. We come out some times for just an hour to see the animals. Sometimes we come out just to hike the trails. However, if you are not a member, I would wait for one of their many events, otherwise you may not feel shorted.
  • It was a beautiful drive out to the Brattonsville historic district. My family really enjoyed walking around and looking at the different buildings. The employees were very helpful and very informative . We drove out of our way to see this site and it was well worth the drive.