Family Travel

Kerry Egan



A chance to try out life as a colonist at Children's Colonial Day at Kings Mountain

Posted 6/14/2013 8:30:00 AM

A few weeks ago, the kids and I visited Cowpens, a Revolutionary War battlefield, and Walnut Grove, a Colonial-era plantation house right outside Spartanburg. Jimmy kept saying he couldn't imagine living back then. Mary Frances could definitely imagine, and she spent the day pretending to fire a musket and spin wool. (I'll have much more on those great places to come soon.) 

In the meantime, this weekend, both imaginative and concrete-thinking kids will get the chance to really try out life in colonial South Carolina. Kings Mountain National Military Park is hosting Children's Colonial Day on Saturday, June 15. Kids will be able to dress like colonial children, play games children of the time would have played, and get a chance to do the chores and work children of the time were expected to do.

Just think: the next time your children complain about not having a new toy, you can remind them that 250 years ago, kids had to make their toys from corn husks.

Colonial Children's Day is a free event this Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kings Mountain National Military Park, outside of Blacksburg.

Insider Tip: Kings Mountain State Park (an entirely separate park) is less than three miles away. The state park offers picnicking, hiking, and a self-guided living history farm. You could make a nice (and very history-filled) day of visiting both.