Brattonsville Plantation - York County South Carolina SC

Brattonsville Plantation – McConnells – York County

Basic Information

  • Location – McConnells, York County

    1444 Brattonsville Road

  • Comments – Historic Brattonsville is a 775-acre historic site that includes a Revolutionary War battlefield. Each July a two-day event commemorating the Battle of Huck's Defeat (a revolutionary war skirmish) is recreated near its original battlefield site. The site features 29 historic structures, which may be toured and are also used during living history programs where costumed-interpreters "relive the past" by demonstrating a variety of themed days.

  • Origin of name – Named after the Brattons who owned the property

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – 30 miles south of "New South" Charlotte. Historic Brattonsville is the 720-acre, 29-building living history village on the site of the Bratton family plantation and is ppen to the public for tours.


  • 1774 – Earliest known date of existence

  • 1840 – House built out of logs

  • 1850 – Dr. Bratton built a brick house he called Fair Forest; now called Hightower Hall.


  • Number of acres – 200

  • Primary crop – Cotton


  • Alphabetical list – Harriett Bratton, Dr. John Bratton (1850), John Simpson Bratton, William Bratton


  • Number of slaves – ?


  • Most of the buildings still stand and are open to the public.
    Description of structures

  • Slave Cabins – During the 1820s, John Bratton began to build the brick structures at Brattonsville including the slave cabins. These cabins were ahead of their time because most slaves lived in cabins made of logs. There were three different types of masonry used in the construction; 3, 5, and 7-course American Common Bond.
    Descendants of Brattonsville's Enslaved Meet with the Slave Cabin Project - Joseph McGill, a program officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, documents his overnight stay in a slave cabin at Brattonsville Plantation in November 2010.

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Contact Information
  • Historic Brattonsville
    1444 Brattonsville Road
    McConnells, SC 29726

    Website: Click here
    Telephone: 803-684-2327

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