New tours offered at Ag Museum, Woodburn

By: Staff Report

PENDLETON — The Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of South Carolina, in cooperation with the Pendleton Historic Foundation, is offering two new tours this year.

The Science and Technology Tour will begin at the Agricultural Museum and highlight cornerstone inventions like the cotton gin, the steel plow, and the McCormick Reaper, and show how these advances in technology led to western expansion.

Modern advances in soil-less farming such as aquaponics and rain gardens will also be covered.

At Woodburn, the technology of the early 19th century will be highlighted, mainly the six simple machines, friction, and gravity. The tour will show how homes were built, heated, cooled, and lived in using this basic knowledge of science and the limited technology of the day.

Dates for the Science and Technology Tour are Sept. 26, Sept. 30, Oct. 14 and Oct. 17.

The second tour is the Farm and Plantation Life tour. This tour will compare the lives of a 19th century yeoman farmer, actual families that lived at Woodburn during the 19th century, and the slaves and tenant farmers that made Woodburn a very successful farm.

Dates for the Farm and Plantation Life tour are Nov. 28, Dec. 2, Dec. 19 and Dec. 30.

All tours start at the Agricultural Museum at 10 a.m. and end at Woodburn at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $8 for those over the age of 14. Registration is not required but would be appreciated. To register or for more information, email ellen@crownofthecarolinas.org or call 864-207-0705.

The Agricultural Museum is located at 120 History Lane in Pendleton. Woodburn is located at the end of History Lane. Visit www.bgamsc.org or call 864-646-7271 for more information.

Staff Report