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Students from many schools get to see how things were “back in the day”

Fourth-grade students from Forest Hills, Northside, Cottageville, and Henderson elementary schools visited the “Colleton Heritage Days Friday, Living Off the Land” event at the Colleton Museum on Memorial Street and South Carolina Artisans Center on Wichman Street Friday.

 The 440 students visiting the museum site learned how to make dolls out of corn husks from Colleton Museum Education Coordinator Rusty Clark and Events Coordinator Jill Chadwick; Ted Chewning talked with the students on how to pickle and can fruits and vegetables; and Dana Cheney talked about what kind of chickens are good for egg production and what types are good for eating. At the Artisans Center, the students were enthralled by Walterboro resident Linda Harrell playing her flute. They were also entranced while watching artisan Ronnie Riddle carving a pelican out of a block of wood.  

The Heritage Days event was held on both Friday and Saturday, and was sponsored by Colleton Museum and Farmers Market, The South Carolina Artisans Center, and the Colleton County Arts Council. It was funded by these agencies with assistance from Colleton United Way and Rotary International.

The Colleton County School District fourth graders enjoyed the day on the grounds of the Colleton Museum  and Farmers Market and Artisan Center, being transported back to times past to see how farming, pickling, chicken-raising, paper making, basket weaving, and doll making were done.  “In all, the 440 fourth graders and teachers very much enjoyed the day,” said Colleton Museum Director Gary Brightwell.

On Saturday at the Colleton Museum & Farmers Market, along with the regularly scheduled selling of fruits and vegetables at the market itself, were Larry Duncan and his Bluegrass Pickers with live music. People coming to the farmers market Saturday were also treated to demonstrations involving woodworking, butter-making, dancing, corn husk doll-making, old-fashioned children’s games, horse shoes, the production of cane syrup, and pottery-throwing.  It was a lively event with many people taking advantage of the festive atmosphere and beautiful weather.

Before the event, Museum Coordinator Elaine G. Inibinett wrote to the fourth grade teachers, “We are very excited to be hosting your schools and fourth grade classes for our Colleton Heritage Days program.” She continued, “We ask that you please have your students already split into four groups as they will be visiting four different stations at the museum and the Artisans Center. This will be a great help for us in regards to logistics.”