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, 178 people were enslaved on this cotton plantation by William Henry Gist, remembered today as the secession governor of South Carolina. 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 a ranger-led walk to visit the remains of 19th-century tenant farmer home to discuss the struggles many African-Americans faced during the Reconstruction Era. Food vendor Gist Grill & BBQ will be on site offering ribs, sausages, and several other lunch options for sale throughout the day - CASH ONLY. RESERVATIONS REQUESTED. Admission to the park and program will be $5.oo per car (cash preferred). Tours of the Gist Mansion will take place at 11 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM and will be available at the additional cost of $3.00 per person (age 6 and older).


  • September 21, 2019, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Event Hours

    11AM - 5PM

    What to Bring

    Water, sunscreen, bug spray


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