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William was a militia captain in the Revolutionary War and fought against the British when they invaded a neighboring plantation.
The family became very wealthy after the invention of the cotton gin in 1793 and the plantation grew to over 5,000 acres with 139 enslaved people working the fields. William's son John inherited the plantation but died shortly afterwards and the plantation was run by his wife, Harriet, for the next 30 years.
The Brattonville site includes four family houses - the original 1776 log house now covered with clapboard, the Homestead House built in 1826 by John Bratton, and the Brick House built in 1855 and used for various purposes including a general store. An additional family house, Hightower Hall, is only opened for special functions. A couple of original brick slave cabins and a bunch of relocated outbuildings are also on the property along with a farm house and a cotton gin.
The site is not very accessible. There's one parking space near the visitor center where RVs might fit. We parked in the gravel lot which is down the hill and then a rough trek back up to the visitor center. The visitor center has a ramp and is accessible. The farm house and the slave cabins are not accessible.The rest of the site can only be accessed by going over rough, bumpy grass. The Brick House has a ramp to span the step at the entrance but a grassy slope must be navigated first.
Saturday, November 18, 2023
The Randolph location has a large collection of ancient art from Mesoamerica and Central America, donated by a local couple, and another large collection of British, American, Asian ceramics and decorative art. Other smaller exhibits include African art, contemporary paintings, and European art.
The museum is accessible.
The parking lot is large enough for RVs if backed into the spaces or parked lengthwise across them. A small park and short trail can also be accessed from the lot so it may be busy on the weekends. We did not go to the downtown location because parking seems limited. Museum 35.19783, -80.81378