“This one has gained popularity. It draws people from all over,” said Lynn Thompson, the chairwoman of the Living History Park and the president of the Olde Towne Preservation Association. People from as far as Arizona have come to experience the event, she said.
Under the Crown will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 1, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at the park at 299 W. Spring Grove Ave. Admission is free.
The event is set during the Colonial period when the British occupied this area, and it will be brought to life by historians and re-enactors.
“They are here to share and educate the public,” she said.
A dinner, served colonial style, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 31, with special guest William Bartram, an 18th century American naturalist for whom Bartram Trail is named. The dinner will feature entertainment and dancing and costs $50. Reservations are required by calling (803) 279-7560.
Saturday and Sunday activities include portrayals by historians and re-enactors, demonstrations by craftsmen, the Olde Towne Militia, storytelling by Kitty Wilson-Evans and Bruce Ingram, colonial dancing and an Anglican church service. The park’s tavern will also be open.
“It’s exciting,” Thompson said. “It’s interactive, and you get to be hands-on. It’s a relaxed atmosphere, so you can have fun while learning a lot about history.”
For more on this event and A Day to Remember set for October, visit www.colonialtimes.us.