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Campfire at the Historic Price House

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This Friday, August 13th (Tonight!) Gates open at 7:30….

Contact: Zac Cunningham, Director
Walnut Grove Plantation & Historic Price House
864-576-6546 (o), 864-576-4058 (f)

Historic Price House Offers Friday Campfire Focused on Frontier Religion.

Woodruff, SC, August 6, 2010 — Bring the family, gather ‘round the fire, toast marshmallows, and hear exciting stories of the Upstate’s past! The Spartanburg County Historical Association’s third Friday Campfire of the season is on Friday, August 13. Mike Justiss of Tryon will discuss “Loyalty, Faith, and Rebellion: Religion in the Southern Colonies during the American Revolution” while portraying a traveling Methodist preacher from the late 1700s. This month’s campfire takes place at Historic Price House located at 1200 Oak View Farms Road near Woodruff. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. for self-guided tours of the site and the campfire program begins at 8:30 p.m. Admission is adults $5.00; ages 6-17 $3.00; ages 5 & under free and includes s’mores and cold drinks. Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets. Bug spray encouraged. The event is rain or shine!

The final campfire for this season will be on September 10 at Walnut Grove Plantation. At this campfire, Lamar Nelson and others from the Foothills Chapter of the Archeological Society of South Carolina will share stories and artifacts of our region’s Native Americans from prehistoric days to European contact.

Thomas and Ann Price built the three-story brick house that bears their name 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 African American men, women, and children performed much of the work for these business enterprises while also toiling in the fields found among Mr. Price’s 2,000 acres of land. These enslaved
people lived in quarters not unlike the slave cabin located on the site today. The Price House, the slave cabin, and the surrounding forest tell of the environment-altering work done by settlers and slaves to transform the Backcountry frontier into a region that was a fully- integrated part of the commercial, transportation, and agricultural networks of the early United States.

The Historic Price House is operated by the Spartanburg County Historical Association, which 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 Spartanburg Regional History Museum, the Seay House, and Walnut Grove Plantation. SCHA activities and events are supported in part by The Arts Partnership of Greater
Spartanburg and its donors, the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives funding from The National Endowment for the Arts, the City and County of Spartanburg, and by corporate and individual partners.

For additional information, phone 864-576-6546 or email You can also visit our website at, see photos from our special events on Flickr at, and even “Like” us on Facebook at

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