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UNION — Experience the ambience of Christmas at Rose Hill Plantation, former home of Gov. William Henry Gist and his family. Special tours will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013

We’ll take you through years of Christmas traditions from before, during and after the Civil War to see how the circumstances of the war might have affected their celebrations.

The mansion will be decorated and open for special Christmas-themed tours from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Please note that tours begin on the front porch of the mansion on the half hour from 1 to 4 p.m. Father Christmas will make a special appearance on the park Sunday afternoon so bring the family!

Refreshments — including some from recipes of the mid-1800s — will be available in the original kitchen located behind the mansion. Children’s activities will also be available in the kitchen. The mansion will remain decorated for the holiday season throughout the month of December.

Tickets are $7.50 per person (age 6 and older). Age 5 and under, free. No reservations are required. Tickets may be purchased in the kitchen the day of your visit. This is a S.C. State Park Passport Plus program.

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.

Normal hours of operation: 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: Marrch-October, daily at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. and November-February, Thursday-Monday at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. The grounds at Rose Hill Plantation may be rented for weddings and other events. We are located 8 miles south of Union, S.C.

The South Carolina State Park Service is a program 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 recreation development.

For information visit Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site, 2677 Sardis Road, Union, SC, 29379 or phone 864-427-5966 or email rosehill@scprt.com Web: www.southcarolinaparks.com/rosehill.

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