On Saturday, we took a daytrip about two hours away from Charlotte, to Newberry, SC. Part of the drive was through the Sumter National Forest and across the Broad River where the Battle of Fishdam Ford was once fought.
Newberry, SC was founded in 1798, although many German, English, and Scotch-Irish settlers including my hubby's 9th great-grandfather John C Wright 1716-1790 were here long before, making this their home in the mid 1700's.
This is the Opera House the marker was referring to:
After a walk around the square, we had brunch at Figaro - which was once an old state bank. They had a lot of fish on their menu - akin to a seaside town, yet we were very much inland. I had the eggs benedict with lump crab meat and hubby had the chicken and waffles.
After lunch, we went to the Newberry County Historical Museum and the Gauntt House which showed artifacts from it's residents over the past century or so. Despite being a small town, our guide mentioned that he was surprised at how unknown the museum is in their community, and because of this, and their reliance on donations - the museum is in dis-repair. They hope to move locations while they restore it to a period house, but are waiting on a grant to do so.
Our guide gave us directions to the Quaker burial ground where Bush River Quaker Meeting once was. It is here that my hubby's 9th great-grandfather, and great-grandmother John C. Wright 1716-1790 and Rachel Wells Wright 1720-1771 were buried. Despite the markers being worn, and many unreadable we knew that there wasn't one for his great-grandparents, as many Quakers believed in both a simple burial, and looked down on the "showiness" of gravestones.
On our way home, we toured Rose Hill the onetime home of Gov. William Gist 1807-1874.
This may look like a piano, but it is actually a harpsichord.
Notice the exterior door off the dining room, that was to bring in their dinner from the outside kitchen.
The kitchen, of course, was separate from the house. Back in "the olden days" kitchens often caught fire, so they were usually some distance from the house on the grounds.
We ended the day in the Old English area of South Carolina with dinner at a British style pub called The Six Pence in Rock Hill, SC. It was a lovely day tracing our footsteps in those of my hubby's 9th great-grandfather.
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