Mark your calendars now for May 4 because you won’t want to miss brickmaking at Historic Price House. Just 10 minutes from Dorman High School, the Price House gives the beauty of a rural setting without the inconvenience. Plan to spend the day learning history, walking the trails, and making bricks. Picnics are welcome! See the details below.
By the way, don’t forget to drop by the Piedmont Club TONIGHT, April 24, between 6:00 & 8:00 to meet artist Jill Steenhuis. There’s no charge, though you’re invited to purchase Jill’s art and her new book Art, Soul, & Destinty: An Artist’s Journey from America to Provence. The proceeds from the sales will benefit the Spartanburg County Historical Association and it will be a lovely evening. You can see the full e-vite here.
Historic Price House Opens Its Season with Make Your Own Brick Activity and Historic Tours
Woodruff, SC, April 22 — When arriving for a rest stop, stagecoach travelers of the early 1800s surely found the deep red and orange brick home of Thomas Price quite an imposing sight. Evidence indicates enslaved African American laborers made the building’s bricks right on site, gathering clay from the nearby Tyger River. On Saturday, May 4, Historic Price House opens its 2013 season with “Brickmaking at Price House,” a day-long program devoted to what was a crucial building material and important skill in the early days of the new American republic. Expert Rick Owens will demonstrate brickmaking while visitors can make their own brick to take home. Visitors can also learn how Thomas Price’s arrival and his farming practices began a century-long process of soil erosion that still impacts the Upstate’s natural environment today. Tours of the main house, kitchen cabin, and slave quarters will be available as well.
“Brickmaking at Price House” takes place from 11am-4pm, Saturday, May 4. Admission is $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for ages 5-17, and free for ages 4 and under. Price House is located at 1200 Oakview Farms Road near Woodruff. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 864-576-6546.
Thomas and Ann Price built Price House in 1795. Located along the young nation’s burgeoning road network, Mr. Price ran a general store, post office, and tavern for the local community as well as an inn for travelers. Two-dozen enslaved African Americans worked in these businesses, labored in cotton fields, and lived in quarters not unlike the slave cabin on-site today. Price House tells how free and enslaved residents transformed the frontier Backcountry into the antebellum Upcountry through improved roads and communications, more non-farm businesses, and an explosion in cotton farming and slave labor as well as how, in doing so, they caused social, economic, and environmental changes that still impact the region today.
Operated by the Spartanburg County Historical Association, Price House is open for public tours from May through October from 11am-5pm on Saturdays and from 2pm-5pm on Sundays. Additionally, groups of ten or more people from schools, churches, scout troops, senior citizen organizations, and other community groups can schedule, a minimum of 14 days in advance, group tours and natural history activities year-round. Schools may schedule activities both on-site and in-school.
For more, visit the Spartanburg County Historical Association’s website at spartanburghistory.org, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/spartanburghistory, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/sptbghistory, or see photos from our programs and events on Flickr at flickr.com/spartanburghistory.