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Taste of the Backcountry – Experience 1800s SC

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Woodruff, SC, March 15, 2010 — Come experience a Taste of the Backcountry – South Carolina as it was in the early 1800s! Taste of the Backcountry, an annual festival presented at the Historic Price House by the Spartanburg County Historical Association, explores the food, the methods of food preparation, and the daily life of Backcountry settlers in the early 19th century. See demonstrations of hearth cooking and other domestic arts such as weaving and egg dyeing. BBQ and baked goods–favorites of today’s South Carolinian–will be available for purchase. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., evaluators will be on site to offer an educated evaluation of your antiques at no additional charge (2 item limit, please). Guided tours of the Price House and slave cabin will be available as well as period music. Come and make a day of it!

Taste of the Backcountry is Saturday, April 3, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All activities and evaluations are included in the admission price: adults $5, ages 6-17 $3, and ages 5 and under free. Groups of 10 or more that reserve by March 30 receive 10% off all admissions.

Thomas and Ann Price built the three-story brick house that bears their name on a 2,000 acre plantation about 1795. Thomas Price ran a general store, a post office, and a “house of publick entertainment” (a tavern or inn) that provided beds, food, and drink to stagecoach travelers. Two-dozen enslaved people performed much of the work for these business enterprises and lived in quarters not unlike the slave cabin located on the site today. Tours of the main house, slave cabin, and grounds offer visitors a glimpse into the lives of a well-to-do entrepreneurial family as well as into the lives of the enslaved men and women they owned. Tours and special events also investigate the interaction between the plantation’s residents and the natural environment around them and how we continue to alter the natural world around us today. In 1968, the property was given to the Spartanburg County Historical Association, which operates the site today.

The Historic Price House is funded in part by The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg and its donors, by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives funding from The National Endowment for the Arts, by the City and County of Spartanburg, and by corporate and individual partners.

Founded in 1957, the Spartanburg County Historical Association explores and preserves our region’s history by collecting and sharing the stories and artifacts of the people who shaped that history. In addition to Price House, the Historical Association operates the Seay House, Walnut Grove Plantation, and the Spartanburg Regional History Museum.

For additional information, phone 864-576-6546 or email

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