Celebrate Christmas at Rose Hill

UNION — Travel back in time with a Victorian-style Christmas at Rose Hill Plantation. What holiday customs were practiced in the late 1800s? Come see for yourself! The mansion will be decorated and we will offer special Christmas-themed tours from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6. Father Christmas will join us on Sunday afternoon so bring the family!

Many of our familiar Christmas decorations and traditions were started in Victorian times. How did they celebrate Christmas at Rose Hill? Christmas was also an important holiday for the enslaved people on the plantation. What were their traditions? In addition to the special house tour, visitors can partake of hot drinks and homemade goodies in the plantation kitchen. Warm your hands by the fire and craft your own decoration to take home with you!

Please note that tours begin on the front porch of the mansion on the half hour from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 per person (age 6 and older). Age 5 and under, free. Tickets may be purchased in the kitchen the day of your visit. No reservations are required. The program is free with a S.C. Park Passport Plus. The mansion will remain decorated for the holiday season throughout the month of December.

First Day Hike

After the holidays are over and you have made your New Year’s resolutions, start out on the right foot with a First Day Hike. Meet with the ranger on Friday, January 1, 2016 to hike the short nature trail at Rose Hill. Along the way, we’ll stop and explore the nature and history on the park. This walk promises to be refreshing for the mind and body so join us for an exhilarating start to 2016! Meet at 10 a.m. at the picnic shelter. $2 per person age 16 and older. Age 15 and under are free. Please dress for the weather and wear good hiking shoes. Binoculars, insect repellent and a camera are optional, but you never know what we might see.

About Rose Hill

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. In November and December, tours are offered Thursday through 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 8 miles south of Union, SC.

State Park Service

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 recreation development.

For information: Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site, 2677 Sardis Road, Union, SC, 29379

Ph.: 864-427-5966 E-mail: rosehill@scprt.com Web: www.southcarolinaparks.com/rosehill

Start the New Year with a First Day Hike

This story was submitted by Elizabeth Moses, Park Interpreter, Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site.

This story was submitted by Elizabeth Moses, Park Interpreter, Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site.