Good Hope Picnic celebrates history, fellowship in Lone Star
Posted 5/24/2011 11:04:00 PM
The African American farmers in Lone Star
began formally celebrating the end of the planting season nearly 100 years ago with the wonderfully named Good Hope Picnic. (Presumably, the hope was for a good crop and prosperity.)
In 1915, community members gathered in a clearing along McCord’s Ferry Road for games, music and food. And the annual party has not stopped since.
The picnic is held every year on the second Friday in August. It’s both a family reunion and a “y’all come,” with locals serving up barbecue dinners, fresh fish sandwiches and beverages. The Good Hope Picnic was officially recognized in 2008 with the erection of a historical marker by area churches, which still support the celebration.
Good Hope Picnic
McCord’s Ferry Road (Highway 267)
between Lone Star and Elloree