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Check out summer programs at York County museums

June 23, 2014

Lake Wylie Pilot (Lake Wylie, S.C.)

June 23--YORK COUNTY -- Culture and Heritage Museums are offering a variety of summer programs at three sites: Museum of York County, Main Street Children's Museum, and Historic Brattonsville. The programs are free with paid admissions.

The Museum of York County highlights science and natural history. Wonderful Wednesdays are offered most Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. through Aug. 6, with programs all abuzz from bees to butterflies. On June 25, the Carolina Raptor Center will present an especially wonderful Wednesday.

MYCO's Settlemyre Planetarium, the only fully digital planetarium in the Charlotte metro area, will feature family-friendly programs every Tuesday-Saturday.

Through Sept. 1, MYCO will be home to an exhibition for children called "What's Bugging Belva?" The award-winning exhibition depicts the natural history of the Carolina Piedmont in "Way Back When: Ice Age Beasts of Carolina" through Aug. 10. The Museum of York County is located at 4621 Mt. Gallant Road in Rock Hill. For more information, call 803-329-2121.

The popular After Two on Tuesdays is back at Main Street Children's Museum. In July on Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. MSCM offers activities and crafts for children ages 2-6. MSCM is the perfect place to let young ones play and learn through imagination. Main Street Children's Museum is located at 133 E. Main St. in Rock Hill. For more information, call 803-327-6400.

Historic Brattonsville offers new summer programs that bring history to life. On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. costumed interpreters will Blast to the Past and demonstrate summertime activities from long ago and invite visitors to participate in hands-on activities. Blast to the Past Tuesdays visits the 18th century home site of Colonel William Bratton. Costumed interpreters will be out and about performing the many and varied summertime household duties. Hands-on activities may include cooking, gardening, militia drills and more. Blast to the Past Thursdays will travel back to the 19th century to Dr. John Bratton's antebellum cotton plantation. A wide-variety of summertime hands-on activities will be demonstrated and visitors may join in on the field work, explore textile production, and play with the toys and games of the day.

Bring a picnic lunch and stay for the day. The living history museum features over thirty colonial and antebellum structures, including two house museums. The plantation spreads over 775-acres and includes farmed land with heritage breed animals, a Revolutionary War battlefield site, and a nature preserve with miles of walking trails. The mission of the Culture and Heritage Museums is to communicate and preserve the natural and cultural histories of the Carolina Piedmont, inspiring a lifetime of learning.

Historic Brattonsville is located at 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells. For more information, call 803-684-2327.

As a member of Blue Star Museums, Culture & Heritage Museums offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day.


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