Colonial Times: A Day to Remember

Colonial Times: Under the Crown and Colonial Trades Fair

Dinner is April 15, 2016
Dinner with a special guest
William Bartram
Reservations required

Lord Cornwallis

William Bartram (portrayed by Tim Nealeigh) was an American naturalist. Bartram made many drawings and took notes on the native flora and fauna, and the native American Indians. In 1776 Bartram left Charleston, South Carolina on horseback to explore the Cherokee Nation. He recorded his experiences in a journal, Travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida. He will be available all weekend to answer your questions!

Historical interpreters in dress and manner from the 18th century will be your hosts & hostesses for the period dinner followed by historical entertainment and dance. An 18th century dance master and live 18th century music are included. Tickets are $50 per person and are required for this dinner on Friday. (The rest of the Under the Crown and Colonial Trades Fair event weekend is free.)

Wine and ale will be offered in the Spring House Tavern starting at half past six in the evening. Your menu features: speared, roasted game; fire roasted vegetables; fresh greens; desserts of choice; fine wines and ale. Dance master Dana Cheney will call the dance of the evening after dessert.Call Lynn Thompson at 803-279-7560 or email her ( to check for availability of tickets for this dinner.

Lady Cornwallis

The weekend event's Special Guests:

William Bartram
Faire Wynds
Jim McGaw
The Ratcatcher
Dance Master Dana Chaney

View a video slideshow of the
2011 event, Part 1

View a video slideshow of the
2011 event, Part 2.






interior of Perry Hill cabin

Life Under the Crown

It is 1780 and the colonies are in rebellion. Charleston is under Siege and may have already fallen, the rebel forces were defeated at Savannah last year in 1779. Things are not going well for the American cause. But the Rebels are not done yet!

The weekend will be filled with new ways to learn and experience the history of Augusta and North Augusta. Historical reenactors will be at the Living History Park to allow a glimpse of the period of the American Revolution.

Colonial Trades Fair

Local and regional artists will display their artwork and have items available for sale.

Evans' artwork

If you are planning on participating as a reenactor, please download the registration form.

Colonists dancing


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Scavenger Hunt Questions:
Grades 1–7 (PDF)
Grades 8–12 (PDF)

SATURDAY (10:00–5:00)
Dana Cheney calls the dances at 11:00, 1:30, and 4:00
Leech demonstration at 1:00
SUNDAY (10:00–4:00)
Anglican church service at 10:30
Leech demonstration at 1:00
Dana Cheney calls the dances at 1:00 and 3:00.

All weekend long historical interpreters will show you colonial life and skills. Musketry, sewing, firestarting, woodworking, blacksmithing, tools and trades of the period as well as interactive discussions and activities with the interpreters will fill the day.

Evans' artwork

The event has the sponsorship of

  • Olde Towne Preservation Association
  • Aiken County Parks, Recreation & Tourism
  • South Carolina National Heritage Corridor
  • City of North Augusta
  • TV 26
  • The Aiken Standard
  • and all of the interpreters who have volunteered their time to Keep History Alive.

Funding assistance provided by Aiken County through accommodations tax funds. 

Evans' artwork