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Travel to past at the Sumter County Museum

BY IVY MOORE
Features contributor
Posted 10/10/19

Expect to see large farm equipment in the fields this month, as October is the traditional time for harvest in much of South Carolina. It was not always so, as visitors to the Sumter County Museum's Carolina Backcountry Harvest event on Saturday …

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Travel to past at the Sumter County Museum

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Expect to see large farm equipment in the fields this month, as October is the traditional time for harvest in much of South Carolina. It was not always so, as visitors to the Sumter County Museum's Carolina Backcountry Harvest event on Saturday will see. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., guests of the museum can take a time trip back 200 years to the area's backcountry, where the harvest period was very different.

For one thing, most food was cooked over an open fire. Backcountry Manager Deborah Watts will prepare food of the era and offer samples to visitors. Her usual menu includes biscuits, ham, root vegetables, chicken and more. In addition, most harvesting of crops was done by hand or with the help of horses and mules.

Those entering the backcountry will also have the opportunity to tour the buildings - a settler's house, log cabin, loom house, forge, commissary house - which demonstrate life without running water, electricity and an indoor bathroom. While most of the buildings are authentic replicas, the settler's house and the log cabin were actually relocated to the museum grounds from an actual homestead in the Sumter area. Furnishings are true to the turn of the 19th century.

Museum staff and volunteers will be dressed in the style of the period with most costumes made by Watts. Period weapons will be on display, and 19th century toys and games will be available for guests to try.

Many more activities will be available during the free event.

The museum at 122 N. Washington St. has several other events scheduled for October. They include:

- Tuesday, Oct. 15, 6 p.m. - The opening reception for the exhibition titled Set a Spell, The Woven Seat. Hank Edens will give a presentation on "The Caned Seat, What a Life, God's Way" during the reception in McKenzie Hall. Free to the public.

- Thursday, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. - A cocktail party with author Karen White, who has recently published the sixth volume in her Tradd Street series, titled "The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street." Tickets are $30 for museum members, $35 for non-members and include a hardcover copy of the book. Get tickets online at www.sumtercountymuseum.com or by visiting the museum or calling (803) 773-5508.

- Friday, Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m., also Oct. 26 and 31 - Legends, Lore and Haunts Tour with Diana Roof and Becky Smilowska of Dearly Departed Tours. Clad in period dress, they will offer spooky tales of local hauntings in the area. Tickets are $8 for museum members, $10 for non-members and can be purchased online at paypal.me/dearly departed. Call Roof at (803) 468-8630 for reservations and more information.

Reach the Sumter County Museum, 122 N. Washington St., at (803) 775-0908.