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Published on June 10th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Lower Richland Juneteenth Historic Celebration

FOCUS: Lower Richland, is a unique 3-day event promoting Lower Richland County, SC Heritage Corridor. Activities are designed for tourists as well as those with special interest/work related to historical preservation/conservation, tourism, economic development and agri-education. While the event is FREE to the public, registration is requested at sercoevents@gmail.com or 803-261-5596.

Thursday, June 19th-  6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. – The 3-day event begins with a Juneteenth  Historic Reception, held at the Historic Harriet Barber House. This restored home was originally owned by ex-slaves and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

On Friday, June 20th – 9:00 a.m., Gems of the Lower Richland Heritage Corridor features tour options: Historic Sites & Cemeteries, Congaree National Park, and Plantations (such as the memorable Goodwill, a rice plantation dating back to the 1700’s).

The day’s culminating activity is a Farm-to-Table Feast on the grounds of the historic and majestic Wavering Place Plantation (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.), offering locally grown/raised foods.

Saturday, June 21 – presents opportunities for two group activities in rural Lower Richland County (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

Youth Education Field Day – Youth and accompanying educators will convene at the Harriet Barber House in Hopkins, SC, and travel to the Congaree National Park for guided experiences on the park’s boardwalk, storytelling, and film viewing (Congaree Tales). Youth will return to the Harriet Barber House which is the setting of what was once an active farm.  Activities will include a local history skit; hayrides; exploring historical inventions and a display of farming tools from the past; demonstrations by Four Square Gardening Foundation and USC-Sustainable Carolina; hands on experiences in soap making, corn grinding, potato banking, and a take-away agriculture project provided by the 2014 SC State Fair “Going Pink Seed Project.”

Workshops & Expo – To be held at the St. John Baptist Church Wellness Center, Hopkins, SC, brings together tourists, local historians, preservation/conservation entities, and organizations for discussions on promoting the Lower Richland Heritage Corridor, and also features displays and demonstrations. Renowned artist Jonathan Green is our special guest.

At 1:00 p.m., all will convene for Lunch on Historic Grounds (Harriet Barber House).

This event is presented by SERCO through a Richland County Hospitality Tax Grant & Supported by RC Conservation Commission.

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