The Roper Mountain Science Center in Greenville, SC maintains a Living History Farm that includes more than a dozen historic structures dating from 1790 – 1898 and a heritage garden. They will unveil updated interpretive signs starting in late June. SC Humanities supported this effort with a Mini Grant.
The Living History Farm includes the following historic structures: The Paris-Owings cabin (c. 1800), the Rector School (c. 1898), Corncrib (c. 1850), Barn (c. 1825), Main House (c. 1790), Kitchen/Cavender House (c. 1830), and the Williams-Earle cabin (c. 1845). The farm also includes a heritage garden that features 19th century heirloom crops and historic crops of South Carolina. The Living History Farm hosts programs and school field trips relating to South Carolina history, Cherokee culture, 19th-century living, the Revolutionary War, and more.
This project will update 7 small and 4 large signs that share about the history of these buildings. The Williams-Earle cabin sign and the Heritage Gardens signs will be installed first, by late June. The signs for the remaining buildings will include QR codes that link to short videos produced by staff with additional context. Those signs will begin to be installed in August, prior to the new school year. More than 50,000 students visit Roper Mountain, including the Living History Farm, each school year, as well as 33,000 expected over the summer.
The Living History Farm will be open during Roper Mountain Science Center’s Summer Adventure program, June 1 – July 29th (Tuesdays – Saturdays), 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Learn more about the Living History Farm and Summer Adventure on the Roper Mountain Science Center website: https://www.ropermountain.org/.
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Image: Williams-Earle Cabin, courtesy of the Roper Mountain Science Center