LOTC Reflection: Charles Pinckney NHS

“The Special LOTC to the Naturalization Ceremony backfired a little bit, but we still had fun and enjoyed our time on the Charles Pinkney Plantation. Because of Hurricane Florence and a fallen tree, the ceremony had been postponed. We did not realize this until after we arrived on the plantation. So, we went to the plantation house to ask more about the rescheduled date. The park ranger did not have an exact answer, only that the ceremony’s new date would be posted on the website. Instead, we toured the house and learned more about Charles Pinkney and his plantation. Unlike Drayton Hall, they had recreated some things and made the house more like a museum. It was really cool.  One of the rangers asked if we would like to see a short video on Charles Pinkney’s life. The video was very intresting and informational. It told us all about how he had a really packed political life and about all of his contributions to the Constitution. Then we walked around the house with our partners. There were pieces of old pottery and porcelain plates in glass display boxes and sweetgrass baskets on display. They were so pretty! We learned that George Washington had come to visit Charles Pinkney Plantation and had later written in his journal about it. In the journal entry, Pres. Washington used the word breakfast as a verb, “breakfasting”. That was really funny. We all signed a mock-up of the Constitution with fake quills which was really fun. We had an awesome time, though we did not get to watch the Naturalization Ceremony like we had originally planned. We will eventually go to the rescheduled ceremony.”

Shared by Kit Jones-Painter

“We did not do the Naturalization Ceremony, but we explored Charles Pinckney’s house. A park ranger told us that he was 4-time governor of South Carolina. Then, we watched a 17 minute video called “The Forgotten Father.” It said a lot about Pinckney, including: He was born in September 1757, he was 21 when he joined the militia, he had a son in 1794, and he joined the Senate in 1798. It also showed the main slave boat routes.”
Shared by Frank Gibbes

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