Middleton Place celebrates Independence Day

VIDEO: Middleton Place celebrates Independence Day

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Each year hundreds of guests come through Middleton Place in Charleston to celebrate Independence Day Weekend. There are several Revolutionary War style activities for the family.

Living history interpretive manager at Middleton Place, Jeff Neale, says visitors often always learn something new when they visit.

"We use Middleton Place as a lens to which we see American history and people can learn so much through here," Neale said.

Middleton Place is home to one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, Authur Middleton.

"We are a National Historic Landmark, one of the main reasons for that is because Arthur was a signer of the Declaration," Neale said.

Families can participate in special activities through the Fourth of July, in addition to the normal tours that take place.

The Independence Day activities take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ten-year-old Elijah Whitehead was visiting with his family from Virginia. He made a candle from scratch along with other things.

"After I made the cartridge he let me have this musket ball," Whitehead said.

Neale says the soldiers of the Continental Army were stationed at Middleton Place from June until December of 1782.

"We're showing some of the camp life they would have had, some of the equipment they would have used, we're also doing some of the cooking," Neale said.

Tyler Alexander was visiting with his family from Tennessee for the first time.

"I've enjoyed it a lot of so far, all the history, guys dress up from the war era," Alexander said.

You can also sign your own Declaration, and there are readings of it along with a group questionnaire.

"Some of the statistics they had I never heard any of that in school," Alexander said.

Neale says one fact people are most shocked by is when the 13 colonies voted...two colonies voted against independence, one included South Carolina.

"It's a wonderful place to learn history but especially to celebrate the Fourth of July," Neale said.

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