Forging a Life

At Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site

Discover the African-American historical experience at Rose Hill Plantation. Prior to the Civil War, hundreds of people were enslaved on this cotton plantation by Gov. William Henry Gist. Following emancipation, some freed people left Rose Hill and others remained, becoming tenant farmers. In both slavery and freedom, African-Americans worked hard to forge a life for themselves and their families at Rose Hill Plantation. This program will explore the lives of enslaved people and freed people. Interactive activities will include blacksmithing, cooking, and brick-making demonstrations as well as several other activities. In addition, Dontavius Williams as “Adam,” will present a personal story of an enslaved individual: The Chronicles of Adam. A food vendor will be on site offering lunch options for sale throughout the day - CASH ONLY. Admission to the park and program will be $5 for adults and $2 for children aged 6-15 (cash preferred).


  • October 15, 2022, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Event Hours


    What to Bring

    Water, sunscreen, bug spray, cash for purchasing lunch from vendor.


    $5 for Adults & $2 for children (age 6-15)