Celebrate Black History with Beyond The Fields Walking Tours and view Eliza’s House where an exhibit focusing on the daily lives of enslaved people and their work “beyond the fields” is on display. Additional programs during the month. All programs are included with General Admission (free for Foundation members). See schedule below.
Every Sun & Wed @ 10:30 & 2:30 (No Program on Feb. 2)
“Another Perspective:” The Daily Life of an Enslaved Person
Based on research and documentation found in the Middleton Place archives, theatrical presentations focus on the daily life of an enslaved person.
Every Tues & Thurs @ 12:00 & 3:00
“Taking Care of the Roots to Heal the Tree” Surviving Slavery Through the Use of African Skills & Rituals
This program illustrates the various African skills and rituals utilized by enslaved people to reclaim the humanity and identity slavery deprived them of. Such cultural practices not only provided a means of survival for enslaved people, but helped to create a culture that is unique within the Low Country of South Carolina. Program includes an oral presentation and a “hands-on” activity.
Every Wed & Fri @ 11:30 & 1:30 (No Viewing Feb. 26)
Beyond the Fields: Slavery At Middleton Place Documentary Screening
View the award-winning film which takes the interpretation of the enslaved experience and brings it to a new medium, with new insights from present-day historians, researchers, preservationists, and historic site interpreters, along with descendants of the Middleton family and of African Americans with roots at Middleton Place.
Every Sat @ 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 (No Program Feb. 1)
“Mama Hattie Remembers. . .” A Story of African American Life Through Stories & Song
Join Mama Hattie as she recalls her life growing up in the Low Country of South Carolina. This special presentation includes elements of such rich African American traditions as storytelling and music.
Friday, February 7 2:00 – 4:00 / Saturday, February 8 10:00 – 3:00
Clay and Fire: Colonoware Pit Firing
From the late 1600s to the mid-1700s, enslaved people in the South were making pottery for their own use out of earthenware clay. Referred to as “colonoware,” such vessels were built by hand, unglazed, and fired in a pit.
On Friday, costumed interpreters will be loading a fire pit with pottery and start an overnight firing. On Saturday, not only will the pit be opened and emptied, but guests will have the opportunity to create their own piece colonoware-style potter using air dry clay.