This FREE program will focus on the types of daily work necessary to run an 1800s Upstate plantation. Through interactive activities such as candle making, brickmaking, gardening, and food preparation, we will examine some of the duties of the enslaved African-Americans.
The program is ongoing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A special performance by Kitty Wilson-Evans, a well-known interpreter of slave life, will take place at 11 a.m. Through the character of Kessie, she will bring to life the labors of both the household slaves and those who toiled in the fields.
Extra option: Special tours* of the Gist mansion (*fee required) at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Tours will emphasize the duties performed by household slaves and the types of work that Governor and Mrs. Gist would have overseen.
The park offers formal rose gardens, an heirloom vegetable garden and nature trails. A picnic shelter is available for those who would like to bring your lunch with you.