Before the advent of widespread refrigeration, the dead of winter marked the ideal time in South Carolina to butcher livestock and hang meat to begin the curing process.
Transforming hogs into hams often turned into a community event back in the 18th century, and it still does each winter at Historic Brattonsville in York County.
If you want to find out more about that piece of history, head up to Historic Brattonsville on Saturday for Hog Butchering Day.
Interpreters dressed in 18th-century clothing and using period implements will take visitors through the process from start to finish, from whole hog to bacon. Of course, there’s also chitterlings and sausages, because no part of the hog with food value was wasted.
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The event runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and it includes primers on butchering, preserving and cooking as well as the rendering of lard into soap. Barbecue, cooked ahead of time, will be available for purchase.
Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 ages 4-17. Brattonsville, a 775-acre site with multiple historic buildings and hiking trails, is at 1444 Brattonsville Road in the tiny community of McConnells. Go to www.chmuseums.org/brattonsville for more details and directions.