Historic Rock Hill will present a series of public programs and events on “Ann Hutchison White and Her Home” from April 2013 – January 2014. Ann Hutchison White is a very interesting woman who is known as the “mother of Rock Hill” and who was instrumental in the community’s establishment, including opening the first school house in Rock Hill on her property in 1854. The historic White Home was built in 1839 and was one of the first homes constructed in Rock Hill. This project seeks to preserve and promote knowledge and understanding of the history, story, and culture of Rock Hill, SC. SC Humanities supported this program through a Major Grant in February 2013.
“Ann Hutchison White and Her Home” will include a series of public programs in 2013. On April 13, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., there will be a lecture on the White Home’s architectural history and development through the 19th century by architectural researcher Rusty Robinson. He will draw on Historic Rock Hill’s archives to discuss early Southern building techniques and the White Home’s unique historic attributes. The lecture will be followed by a tour of the restored building. The fee for the lecture and tour is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for children (5-17), and free for members and children 4 and younger.
On June 29, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., Historic Rock Hill Board Member Ashley Barron will explore Ann White’s role as one of early Rock Hill’s pioneering women. Widowed at an early age, Ann White was a woman whose life reveals an uncommon resolve and a keen sense for business, community building, and civic leadership. The lecture will be followed by a tour of the White Home with particular attention to how life was lived in the 19th century. The fee for the lecture and tour is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for children (5-17), and free for members and children 4 and younger.
On Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., Dr. Martha MacDonald and several descendants of the White Family will speak about the White family's history and legacy in Rock Hill. Refreshments will be served in the garden following the programming. The program is free and open to the public.
“The Ann Hutchison White and Her Home” program will continue in January 2014 with an event to commemorate Ann Hutchison White’s birthday. In addition to the series of public programs, Historic Rock Hill will create a permanent exhibit to be installed in the White Home about Ann Hutchison White and her contributions to Rock Hill.
For more information, please contact Historic Rock Hill at 803-329-1020 or visit the website at: http://historicrockhill.com/.
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Image: Ann Hutchison White, courtesy of Historic Rock Hill