July 25, 2012
County Court: To Administer the Peace
18th Century Crimes and Punishments
McConnells, SC – Costumed interpreters will recreate five 18th century court cases at 11:00am and 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 4 at Historic Brattonsville’s Oak Grove. These dramatizations scripted from handwritten books of the county court will give visitors a glimpse into the legal system of our early republic. Trespassing, slander, overcharging for liquor at taverns and rioting were common offences of the time.
Throughout the day and when not in court, visitors can walk to the McConnell House and experience interpreters portraying life and crimes in an 18th century tavern and observe domestic skills such as spinning and weaving in the Colonel William Bratton House.
Visitors can also experience imprisonment in reconstructed stockades in front of the Visitor’s Center. 18th century stockades were used for sentences of lesser crimes where the perpetrator faced public humiliation and was bound in full view of friends and neighbors. Spend the day. Bring a picnic lunch and learn of some of the crimes and punishments of local people from the area’s past.
Regular admission fees apply. CHM members admitted free. For more information and directions, visit www.chmuseums.org