“…This year we’re mixing it up: 1700s, 1800s, a little bit of the 1900s, and the present.”
This year why not launch your Holiday Season with a visit to The Ruins, a stately home in Stateburg? Colonel and Mrs. Rett Summerville are once again opening their historic home to receive visitors who might be interested in seeing how people lived there over the past two centuries.
According to Mrs. Pat Summerville, this year’s event will differ from those in past years because it will highlight several periods:
“In the past, we’ve tried to primarily focus on one specific time during The Ruins history–1800’s in 2014 and 2015, and the Revolutionary War Era in 2016. This year we’re mixing it up: 1700s, 1800s, a little bit of the 1900s, and the present.”
— Pat Summerville
Although artists have featured prominently in the past, this year’s event will feature an expanded Art Fair with more artists and several types of art on offer.
Events and Attractions
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- The Ruins
Photo by Vanessa Kauffmann
Some of you may be interested in knowing what became of the edible decorations after Christmas at The Ruins. As you can see from Mrs. Summerville’s post, nothing was wasted.
Thank you, everyone, for a great day! Saturday was our best Christmas at The Ruins yet. We certainly hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
Special thanks to all of the volunteers who helped us on Saturday in this massive undertaking. It takes a small army of hardworking volunteers to make sure everything runs smoothly, and you all made it look easy.
Thanks also to all who visited and made the day so special for us.
Christmas at The Ruins in the news…
Be sure to read Ivy Moore’s special piece in The Item on Christmas at The Ruins:
…tag us directly in photos or use the hashtag #christmasattheruins in your posts.
Well, the date for Christmas at the Ruins (Sat, Dec. 2, 2017) is approaching rapidly, so it might be worth considering how you’ll preserve your memories of the day, and perhaps share them with the rest of us. We want to see pictures and videos of your family and friends enjoying themselves at The Ruins during the event, and we’d even like to see those selfies!
Photo by Vanessa Kauffmann
Sharing and Tagging
If sharing pictures on Facebook, please feel free to tag us! Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, too, and tag us on any photos you share there. Either tag us directly in photos or use the hashtag #christmasattheruins in your posts.
Please feel free to take photos of the exterior of the house and any of the outside activities, but for security reasons we kindly ask that you do not take any photos inside the house.
Maybe you have a history buff on your Christmas shopping list.
Local Civil War historian Tom Elmore will be on hand to sign (and sell) copies of his latest book, A Carnival of Destruction. What was Maj Gen William T. Sherman’s army really like? Was the situation for the civilian population really as bad as local legends would have you believe? Or was it worse?
If you have questions about the history of the Civil War here in South Carolina, Tom is your guy. Take advantage of this opportunity to talk to him and grab a copy of his book.
Maybe you have a history buff on your Christmas shopping list. A signed copy of A Carnival of Destruction might just be the ticket!
Check out Tom and his books on his website:
It’s like being transported back 230 years.
This year’s hayride is scheduled to feature the return of Garland Hart, the fifer who plays Revolutionary War era tunes. If you haven’t heard him while riding around this historic Stateburg property you are in for a special experience… It’s like being transported back 230 years.
…until it’s time for Christmas at The Ruins!
And while you’re visiting Stateburg, you couldn’t be any closer to the story of the iconic Christmas decoration shown here at The Ruins. The gentleman who brought the Poinsettia to the United States from Mexico, Joel Poinsett, is buried in the Church of the Holy Cross churchyard.
Poinsett is just one of the 50 surprising and influential people featured this year at Christmas at The Ruins.