Head over to Historic Brattonsville for your fill of the local history of the Battle of Huck’s Defeat. Staff historic interpreters, costumed volunteers, and volunteer re-enactors are collaborating to increase public awareness of the Carolina Piedmont’s role in the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution.
What is the Battle of Huck’s Defeat?
The British officer Captain Christian Huck upset many with his cruel and aggressive mishandling of local residents in the backcountry. Captain Huck and the British Legion were on their way towards Williamson's Plantation. As soon as Martha Bratton found out about the British impending approach, she sent word to her husband, Colonel William Bratton. On July 12, 1780, the Patriot militia, led by Colonel Bratton, defeated the British Legion. Captain Huck was killed during the battle. Due to his reputation the Battle of Williamson's Plantation is also known as "Huck's Defeat." The Battle of Huck’s Defeat was the “shot in the arm” that lead to the King’s Mountain battle; a turning point in the American Revolutionary War.
Saturday, July 13: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Bring your family for a day full of local enriching history as you and your kids will experience an interactive militia camp, toys to bring home, fun games for all, and learning how it was to live in the 18th century. At 10:30 and 1:30, interpreters will perform the Children’s Militia Drill perfect for your kids! Historic activities and events include: Calvary Demonstration, Musket Firing and Artillery Demonstration, and Liberty Awakes! showings in the Orientation Room every 30 minutes, beginning at 10:30 AM. Ongoing events include: 18th Century Cooking, Barbeque and Medicine, Blacksmithing, Weaving, House and Battlefield Tours, Period Sutlers, and Reenactor Camps. A special tribute to the late Michael C. Scoggins, Culture & Heritage Museums’ chief historian who passed away earlier this year, will be held at noon during the annual wreath laying ceremony.
Sunday, July 14: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Can’t make it to Historic Brattonsville on Saturday? You're in luck. A majority of the events that are happening Saturday will happen on Sunday as well. As well as a new event! New events include a church service that will start at 10:30 AM. Historic activities and events include: Calvary Demonstration, Musket Firing and Artillery Demonstration, and Liberty Awakes! showings in the Orientation Room every 30 minutes, beginning at 10:30 AM. Ongoing events include: 18th Century Cooking, Barbeque and Medicine, Blacksmithing, Weaving, House and Battlefield Tours, Period Sutlers, and Camps. If you can't make the Children’s Militia Drill on Saturday, it's happening again at 12:30 PM!
Don’t miss this historic weekend! Fun for all!
Concessions will be available for purchase. PW's Gourmet Ice Cream of Rock Hill will also be available for purchase. Adult $8, Senior $7, Youth 4-17 $5, 3 and under & CHM Members Free. (Blue Star: active-duty military, veterans, and their families get free admission with a military ID). Battle reenactments are at 2pm each day.