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Learn all about pirates June 27 at the Sumter County Museum

BY RHONDA BARRICK rhonda@theitem.com
Posted 6/4/20

Ahoy, matey! Learn all about pirates when the Sumter County Museum, 122 N. Washington St., hosts The Charles Towne Few in authentic dress in presenting "A Day in the Life of A Pirate."

The group, who are dedicated to sharing the history of their …

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Learn all about pirates June 27 at the Sumter County Museum

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Ahoy, matey! Learn all about pirates when the Sumter County Museum, 122 N. Washington St., hosts The Charles Towne Few in authentic dress in presenting "A Day in the Life of A Pirate."

The group, who are dedicated to sharing the history of their time period, made their first appearance in Sumter last summer. They will return to the museum's Carolina Backcountry Homestead living history event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 27.

Visitors to the free, ticketed event will learn the difference between a privateer, pirate and a buccaneer and be able to view weapons, navigational instruments and surgical displays. Pirate-themed items will be available for purchase, and there may even be a mermaid.

Because of the ongoing pandemic, the museum has changed its guidelines to meet CDC recommendations. To ensure the safety of all, interactive components have been removed or altered. To help limit attendance and ensure social distancing, all guests are required to reserve timed tickets online at www.sumtercountymuseum.org or by calling Diana Roof at (803) 468-8630. Staggered arrival times for entry will be available every hour. Tickets can be printed at home or shown at the entrance on cellphones.

For additional safety and convenience, hand sanitizer will be available throughout the Backcountry. The event will take place outside, but social distancing will be maintained.

Sumter County Museum's Williams-Brice House will be open during this time for visitors, but only 20 people will be allowed in the building at a time. The museum reopens to the public today with normal operating hours of Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is offering free admission through June and July.