Near McConnells in York County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Built on the foundations of the original, this building is a replica of the plantation kitchen that stood here until the late 1950s. It was one of the eight brick dependencies once flanking the main house. The kitchen was constructed away from the house as was customary because they were prone to fires. If the kitchen caught on fire it would not endanger the house.
As in homes today, the 19th century kitchen was a hub of activities including cooking, conversing and cleaning. Unlike the indoor kitchens of today, cooking, washing and other chores were performed outside around the kitchen in an area known as the yard.
The plantation cooks, all slaves, had a variety of ingredients available to them, many grown or obtained on plantation lands. The meals they prepared for the Brattons and their guests might include meats such as deer, quail, turkey, chicken, mutton, beef; fresh and dried herbs for flavoring; vegetables such as carrots, cabbage, and beans; preserved fruit; breads and wine. The cooks were also responsible for cleaning up after meals, harvesting the kitchen gardens, and preserving and storing foods.
Topics. This African Americans • Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 34° 51.903′ N, 81° 10.578′ W. Marker is near McConnells, South Carolina, in York County. Marker can be reached from Brattonsville Road, 0.1 miles north of Percival Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mc Connells SC 29726, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Homestead (within shouting distance of this marker); William Bratton Plantation/Battle of Huck's Defeat (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Battle of Huck’s Defeat (about 300 feet away); Field of Huck's Defeat (about 300 feet away); Brattonsville (about 300 feet away); A House of Untold Stories (about 300 feet away); Backwoods Cabin (about 500 feet away); Bratton Home (about 500 feet away); Huck's Defeat (approx. 0.7 miles away); Bethesda Presbyterian Church (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McConnells.
More about this markerThe marker is located on the side of the brick kitchen and can not be seen from the road way. The marker is part of the Brattonsville historic site.
Also see . . .
1. Brattonsville Historic District. Brattonsville is a small but important area of York County significant for its architectural record of South Carolina development. (Submitted on January 10, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Historic Brattonsville. Historic Brattonsville is a 775-acre American Revolution living history site and is a member of the Culture & Heritage Museums of York County, South Carolina. (Submitted on January 10, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
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