Brattonsville Historic District, McConnells

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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  • We are history lovers for sure, so having this place open to the public is something we cherish. This is a great place to go back in time and see what it was really like. The structures are just like ...  more »
  • LOVE this place. I go all the time to wander the historic buildings and just enjoy the peace of nature. Until this year they held an annual Civil War re-creation. Unfortunately, due to concerns of pos...  more »
  • With buildings from two different centuries and eras, there is a lot of history on this site. We like being able to wander at will, and there's plenty of room for kids to run around on the grass. The ...  more »
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  • Fun place to walk around for a day. I went with my grand parents during a week day and we had the place to ourselves. We were able to go through at our own pace which was great. Some buildings were under construction or unavailable for viewing which I felt was understandable. Great look at the past.
  • 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.
  • Rally interesting to watch reenactments from the two time erss. However check to see if they're doing that on the day you go.
  • 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.
  • Fun place. There was a battle reenactment on the day we arrived. Quite a few old buildings to visit. About 3 hours to see it all if you take your time.

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