UNION — The new year got off to a great start at Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site which hosted a “First Day Hike” on New Year’s Day.
First Day Hikes are special events held at more than 30 state parks across South Carolina to give people an invigorating start to the new year.
The First Day Hike at Rose Hill began with participants meeting with the ranger who would guide them on the hike. The ranger lead participants on the hike along Rose Hill’s short nature trail. The hike included stops along the trail to explore the environment and history of the park.
Park Interpreter Elizabeth Moses said a total of eight people participated in this year’s First Day Hike at Rose Hill. She said the group was made up of seven adults and one child. Moses said the child was there with her mother and aunt. She said that the three had participated in last year’s First Day Hike as well.
New Tour Times
The New Year also brought new tour times at Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site.
Moses said that as of Jan. 4, the new tour hours are:
• January and February (The rest of the winter schedule.) — Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at 11 a.m., 1p.m. and 3 p.m.
• March 1-Oct. 31 (Summer schedule.) — Every day of the week at 11 a.m., 1p.m. and 3 p.m.
Moses said the park hours remain the same with the grounds are open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The only way to see the mansion is by guided tour. As usual, for small groups, reservations are not required for the mansion tours. Tour tickets are purchased in the office prior to tour time. Groups of 15 or more however must call to make a special group reservation.
Moses added that occassionally a special program has been scheduled for the morning that preempts the 11 a.m. tour. She said persons wanting to tour in the morning should call ahead to make sure that the 11 a.m. tours are still on.
‘Seamless System Of Parks’
Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site is also one of the South Carolina state parts participating the National Park Service (NPS) and South Carolina’s State Park Service collaborative agreement to share resources and visitor services in celebration of the NPS’ 100th anniversary.
The press release announcing the partnership states that it “strengthens connections between the resource management, interpretive services and educational programing at both agencies, and provides a more ‘Seamless System of Parks’ for visitors to enjoy.
Barclay Trimble, National Park Service Deputy Regional Director, Southeast, said that “as we celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th Birthday this year, Americans everywhere are encouraged to ‘Find Your Park’ in any public space. This new partnership between the National Park Service and South Carolina State Park Service demonstrates solidarity in our shared mission of providing safe recreation and preservation of our critical resources.”
Phil Gaines, Director of the State Park Service, said that “our goal has always been to preserve, protect and interpret South Carolina’s natural and cultural treasures for today and future generations. A partnership with the national park service means we’ll have more resources to do just that.”
One of the joint projects would add all eight NPS sites in South Carolina to the state park service’s Ultimate Outsider program, a promotion that offers prizes to people who visit all state parks. Those who visit all state and national parks in South Carolina will win a T-shirt and a park passport that allows free admission to state parks for one year.
Another joint project will be a Bird Bio-Blitz that NPS is hosting to celebrate its Centennial. Parks across the nation, including national and state parks in South Carolina, will be hosting bird walks, demonstrations, bird counts and other activities to learn more about the bio-diversity of natural communities.
A variety of other activities, ranging from joint training exercises between the two agencies to joint family campouts, are also being planned under the new partnership.
For more information about the collaborative agreement between the State Park Service and NPS, contact Scott Teodorski, Chief of Interpretation at Congaree National Park, at [email protected] or 803-647-3969.
About Rose Hill
Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site is the antebellum home of South Carolina’s “secession governor,” William H. Gist. Visitors to the 44-acre park can learn about the lifestyle of a wealthy Upstate plantation family, Gist’s contributions to politics, and the importance of cotton in the South. Visitors also get an inside look at the role of enslaved African-Americans and tenant farmers in South Carolina’s history.
The grounds at Rose Hill Plantation may be rented for weddings and other events. We are located 8 miles south of Union, SC.
About The State Park Service
The South Carolina State Park Service is a program of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, a state agency that serves as the leading marketing organization for South Carolina tourism. SCPRT also operates 47 state parks and administers federal and state grants for recreation development.
For information: Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site, 2677 Sardis Road, Union, SC, 29379; Phone: 864-427-5966; E-mail: [email protected] Web: www.southcarolinaparks.com/rosehill.