Historic Brattonsville

Experience living history, including the African American story, at this Revolutionary War site.

Historic Brattonsville features over thirty colonial and antebellum structures, including two house museums. The plantation spreads over 800-acres and includes farmed land with heritage breed animals, a Revolutionary War battlefield site with interpretive trail, and a nature preserve with miles of walking trails. Seasonal events, re-enactments, and living history programs interpret life in the Carolina Backcountry from the 1750s to the 1850s. Historic Brattonsville's award-winning African American programs are an essential part of telling the story of the Carolina Piedmont.

Explore the Bratton Plantation, owned and lived on for three generations by the wealthy Bratton family. Experience a reenactment of the Battle of Huck’s Defeat, which took place on the grounds of Brattonsville 225 years ago. 

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the site features more than 30 historic structures open to the public. These “house museums” chronicle the development of the Carolina Piedmont from the 1750s through the 1840s. Historic Brattonsville is one of the few living history sites with African-American interpretation.

Historic Brattonsville also is home to an award-winning Heritage Farm Program. Rare breeds of farm animals such as Gulf Coast sheep, Devon cattle and Ossabaw Island hogs are raised and cared for here, just as they were hundreds of years ago. Demonstrations of historical farming techniques and day-to-day activities are presented by costumed interpreters throughout the year on the Bratton Plantation.

Historic Brattonsville was one of the major filming locations of the critically acclaimed movie, The Patriot, starring Mel Gibson. Various buildings and scenery at Historic Brattonsville were used to add realism and authenticity to the movie. Visitors to this upstate plantation can walk through many of the “sets” and locations that provided the backdrop for this major motion picture. 

Historic Brattonsville Gift Shop offers a unique selection of regional items. A visit to the gift shop does not require admission.

The site includes the Walt Schrader Trails, more than eight miles of hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails.

Annual special events include Children’s Day on the Farm (March), Battle of Huck’s Defeat (July), By the Sweat of Our Brows (September), Piedmont Pottery Festival (September), Civil War Reenactment (November) and Christmas Candlelight Tours (December). Special admission rates apply for these events.

HOURS:
Open Mon-Sat, 10 am-5 pm
Sunday, 1 pm-5 pm
Open year round. Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day.
Living History Saturdays year round. 
Regular admission: Adult, $6; Senior, $5; Youth ages 4-17, $3; 3 and younger and CHM members, free. Prices and hours subject to change.