Historic Price House Opens Season with Program about Upstate Wildlife on May 5

April 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm

“Buffelo, or wild Beef . . . Bear . . . Elk . . . Wolf . . . Tyger . . . [and] Beaver” were among the wildlife recorded by naturalist John Lawson during a visit to Carolina in 1700. Although many of these animals are no longer found in South Carolina, we still have an abundance of fascinating wildlife. Come to Historic Price House this Saturday, May 5 as it opens for the season with a special First Saturday program devoted to “Backcountry Wildlife, Past & Present.” Dennis Chastain of South Carolina Wildlife magazine will share stories of his encounters with bears, panthers, wild hogs, and other animals. Kids’ activities, presented in part by the Spartanburg Soil and Water Conservation District, will include an animal bone guessing game, a food webbing game, and hikes along the site’s nature trail to look for signs of wildlife. Guided tours of Price House will also be available.

“First Saturday at Historic Price House: Backcountry Wildlife, Past & Present” takes place from 11am-5pm, Saturday, May 5. 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 about the program, call 864-576-6546 or email pricehouse@spartanburghistory.org.

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 the stories of how free and enslaved residents changed the Upcountry from a frontier to an antebellum society through improved roads and communications, more non-farm businesses, and an explosion in cotton farming and slave labor as well as how these residents caused environmental, economic, and social 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.