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Re-live Andrew Barry Moore’s Childhood at Walnut Grove Plantation on Saturday, April 9

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Another neat event coming up at Walnut Grove Plantation April 9th… here’s the release I received from them:

Roebuck, SC, March 30, 2011 — In 1771, Charles and Mary Moore of Walnut Grove Plantation happily welcomed Andrew, a baby boy, to their family. At this year’s Childhood on the Plantation, experience Andrew Barry Moore’s life as he grew up on the plantation, attended school at nearby Rocky Spring Academy, lived through a Loyalist attack on his home during the American Revolution, went to Dickenson College in far-off Pennsylvania, and returned home to become Spartanburg County’s first college-educated doctor.

At Childhood on the Plantation, play with 18th-century toys and games, go to school and learn to write using quill feathers and slate chalkboards, help with chores in the vegetable garden, watch our blacksmith working at the forge, and much more. In our recreated doctor’s office, visit with Andrew as adult (portrayed by historian Jeff Willis), when he was the county’s first educated doctor, and hear about medicine in the early 1800s. Guided tours of the plantation house, kitchen, and academy occur throughout the day. Visitors can also walk the plantation grounds to see outbuildings like the barn, smokehouse, and wheat house, visit the Moore family cemetery, and hike the nature trail. Picnics are welcome!

Childhood on the Plantation takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 9 at Walnut Grove Plantation located at 1200 Otts Shoals Road in Roebuck. Admission is $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for children 6-17 years, and free for children 5 years or younger. For event information and/or directions to the site, call 864-576-6546 or email

Walnut Grove Plantation tells the stories of the free and enslaved people who settled the South Carolina Backcountry and the rest of Britain’s American colonies, who fought for independence, and who, in the end, built a new nation. Charles and Mary Moore established the plantation on a 550-acre land grant. The Scots-Irish family raised ten children, including Revolutionary War heroine Kate Moore Barry, in the house they built about 1765 and lived in for the next 40 years. In late 1781, Loyalist William “Bloody Bill” Cunningham killed three Patriot soldiers at the plantation and sparked a small skirmish with local militia, which is reenacted each year in early October.

Operated by the Spartanburg County Historical Association, Walnut Grove offers the public guided tours of the plantation’s 250-year-old buildings. Frequent special events examine the history of 18th-century America and usually feature reenactors portraying soldiers and artisans from the time. Groups of ten or more people from schools, churches, scout troops, senior citizen groups, and other community organizations can schedule special tours and activities in advance.

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.

Contact: Zac Cunningham, Director

Walnut Grove Plantation & Historic Price House

Spartanburg County Historical Association

864-576-6546 (o), 864-576-5048 (f)


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