Day 2: Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
The national parks are not only mountains and lakes, but are often full of history. The NPS historic site’s are a prominent part of the park system, with 78 different historic sites that help provide insight into the history that shapes the nation today. Historic Sites often highlight groups of people or individuals that helped to create the United States of America. The Charles Pinckney National Historic Site focuses on Mr. Pinckney who helped to create the US constitution. The Historic Site is located in South Carolina just north of Charleston and is only a short drive away from the city. Historic Sites are often old homes or buildings that allow visitors to learn more about the individual or life at that time. The Charles Pinckney National Historic Site is centered around Mr. Pinckney’s farm, known as Snee Farm, with a museum, film, and grounds to walk around. We were able to walk around the museum and learn about a man who helped shaped the constitution. The museum and exhibits also allow you to learn more about the history and culture at that time, as well as, the history following the constitution. After exploring the small museum, we strolled about the plantation grounds and enjoyed both the history and nature of the Snee Farm. Although it is a smaller NHS, we both enjoyed learning more about Mr. Pinckney and the history that shaped the United States.
We arrived around 4:15 (ish) and were unaware there was a film, even though we spoke with the ranger at the front desk, so we strolled about the house. Upon learning there was a film at approximately 4:30 we were informed that it was too late to start the film as the park closed at 5 and the film was 20 minutes long. We were rather disappointed since we were the only visitors there, and we arrived early enough to have been able to watch the film and even had time to see it when we asked at 4:30, so visitors perhaps be warned that you need to be insistent about the film if it is something your interested in. Given the fact that the ranger pulled out of the parking lot before we did though (at a few minutes before 5), it can be assumed that perhaps she had more important places to be and our driving five hours to the Charleston area was rather meaningless.