Constitution Week 2008
Contact: Carlin Timmons, (843) 881-5516
Join the National Park Service in celebration of Constitution Week by attending one of the free special events scheduled September 17-23, 2008 at Charles Pinckney National Historic Site at 1254 Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant. The park preserves the last 28 acres of Snee Farm, a plantation that was once owned by Charles Pinckney, a principal framer and signer of the U.S. Constitution.
On Constitution/Citizenship Day, Wednesday, September 17 at 10:30 a.m. the park’s annual naturalization ceremony will be held when up to 150 candidates will be sworn in as America’s newest citizens. The public and school groups are invited to the free program, and are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets as seating will be limited.
Two days of living history are scheduled on Friday & Saturday, September 19 and 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Watch craftsmen in period dress demonstrate rice-pounding, indigo-dyeing, iron-smithing and brick masonry. Visitors can participate in a game of historic cricket. Also included are Revolutionary War soldiers, 18th century music, sweetgrass basket sewing, quilting, African drumming, Gullah story-telling and a visit from Eliza Lucas Pinckney.
Throughout the week visitors may take part in the “I Signed the Constitution” program, signing a scroll that will be sent to the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, the city where Charles Pinckney and 38 other delegates signed the world-changing document on September 17, 1787.
All events are free. For more information or group reservations, please call the park at (843) 881-5516.
Did You Know?
President George Washington stopped for breakfast at Snee Farm on his 1791 Southern Tour. Legend has it that Washington ate under an oak. Afterwords he proceeded to Charleston where he was met by Governor Charles Pinckney and other dignitaries. Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, SC