UNION — Let this live performance take you back to a turbulent time in our past. The Civil War was raging and Americans were at battle with one another. Yet some things were shared. Music was a common language. Join us for a concert on Saturday, June 7, 6-7:30 p.m. in the ballroom at Rose Hill Plantation and hear some of the popular Confederate and Union tunes from the 1860s.
Dr. Brennan Szafron, organist and choirmaster at the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Spartanburg, is returning a second year for a special musical performance. We will hear and discuss songs that served as a backdrop to the Civil War. Patriotic songs that inspired soldiers fighting for their cause, while other songs gave strength to family members left at home. There were also songs such as “Home! Sweet Home!” that were played by both sides. Music not only kept spirits high during these dark times, it also served as a bridge, a common language in a world torn apart.
The program includes a 15-minute intermission with light refreshments served. At the end of the performance there will be a brief period for questions and discussion.
Registration is required. Seating is limited to the first 35 registrants. Call, visit or email the park by Thursday, June 5, to reserve. Prices: $7/person (age 16 and older) and $5/student (age 6-15). Free with S.C. Park Passport Plus.
Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site is the antebellum home of South Carolina’s “secession governor,” William H. Gist. Visitors to the 44-acre park can learn about the lifestyle of a wealthy Upstate plantation family, Gist’s contributions to politics, and the importance of cotton in the South. Visitors also get an inside look at the role of enslaved African-Americans and tenant farmers in South Carolina’s history.
Normal hours of operation: Park grounds are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. year round. The mansion home is only accessible by guided tour. Tours are held March-October, daily at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Winter tours, from November-February are scheduled Thursday-Monday at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. The grounds at Rose Hill Plantation may be rented for weddings and other events. We are located at 2677 Sardis Rd., 8 miles south of Union, SC.
The South Carolina State Park Service is a program of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, a state agency that serves as the leading marketing organization for South Carolina tourism. SCPRT also operates 47 state parks and administers federal and state grants for recreational development.