UNION — Enjoy an early evening musical concert in the beautiful ballroom of the Rose Hill Plantation mansion, the former home of Governor William H. Gist and his family. Join us Saturday, June 4 from 6-7:30 p.m. for “The United States and Her Neighbors: 19th-Century North American Composers.”
We all know what transpired in the United States in the 1800s — the Civil War and its aftermath. It is easy to forget that both of our neighbors, Canada and Mexico, were also undergoing tumultuous events in the 19th century. The Dominion of Canada, which formed July 1, 1867, was part of the long process of autonomy from Great Britain. The fight for Mexico’s independence from Spain, inspired in part by the American and French revolutions, began with a rebellion on September 16, 1810. Surely the events in each of these countries affected the music of the time. Come experience the passion poured into melodies created by Macedonio Alcalá, Calixa Lavallée, Edward MacDowell, Dudley Buck and others.
Dr. Brennan Szafron, organist and choirmaster at the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Spartanburg, is returning for his fourth annual summer concert. Szafron gives intimate and engaging recitals, introducing his audience to musicians and melodies which may be new to the ear or treasured favorites. His concerts, held in the ballroom which resonated with live music in the 19th century, are truly unique. There will be a 15-minute intermission with light refreshments available. At the end of the performance Dr. Szafron will host a brief period for questions and discussion.
Reservations are required and must be made by Thursday, June 2. Seating is limited to the first 35 registrants. Admission: $7.50/person (age 6 and older). Contact: Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site, 2677 Sardis Road, Union, S.C. Phone: 864-427-5966 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site is the antebellum home of South Carolina’s “secession governor,” William H. Gist. Visitors to the 44-acre park can learn about the lifestyle of a wealthy Upstate plantation family, Gist’s contributions to politics, and the importance of cotton in the South. Visitors also get an inside look at the role of enslaved African-Americans and tenant farmers in South Carolina’s history.
Park grounds are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. year round. The mansion home is only accessible by guided tour. Tours are held March-October, daily at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Winter tours, from November-February are scheduled Thursday-Monday at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. The grounds at Rose Hill Plantation may be rented for weddings and other events. We are located at 2677 Sardis Road, 8 miles south of Union, SC.
The South Carolina State Park Service is a division of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, a state agency that serves as the leading marketing organization for South Carolina tourism. SCPRT also operates 47 state parks and administers federal and state grants for recreational development.
This story courtesy of Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site.