On Saturday, September 12, 2015, Caroline S. Coleman 537, Children of the Confederacy,attended the 13th annual Pioneer Day at Culbertson Backcountry Settlement in Gray Court, SC, hosted by Henry Laurens DAR Chapter. Sixteen Caroline S. Coleman chapter members from five Family History Finding Regiments participated in the event, which was described as "a family fun day to walk through history." Chapter members marched in the walking history parade, held at the beginning of the day's activities. They carried a beautiful banner, designed and constructed by Carol Leake, President of Oliver Thompson 1850, UDC, our sponsoring chapter. They were able to interact with Native Americans, re-enactors from the Revolutionary War, the War Between the States, and the Musgrove Mill Militia.
At the event, the young people were able to visit demonstrations of blacksmithing, beekeeping, weaving, and woodworking. They visited a school house, where they learned about The Constitution. They were also able to visit a church, a blockhouse, and log cabins. They viewed horses and other farm animals, rode a miniature train and played with old-fashioned toys. Daughters of the American Revolution rang the church bell in honor of Constitution Week. The chapter members are very excited about participating in Living History events as part of our new program of the Caroline S. Coleman History Hunting Brigade, implemented this year to enhance the historical objectives of the Children of the Confederacy organization. Members of Oliver Thompson 1850 UDC made some "olden days" outfits for the young ladies to wear to Living History events. The fabric and trims used in the dresses were from the great-grandmother of 9 of our chapter members. One of the chapter members wore a dress made by her great-grandmother for her mother to wear when she was a little girl! The outfits helped to enhance the historical experience for the chapter members.
Following the Pioneer Day event, two of the Family Regiments continued on with their history seeking activities. They visited the Library and Museum of Revolutionary War History in Simpsonville, SC. They also visited the old Simpsonville Cemetery, located behind the Museum, and they took a historical walking tour of Simpsonville.
The Caroline S. Coleman 537 Chapter CofC will have its first official meeting of 2015-16 on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Children from birth to eighteen with Confederate ancestry, who wish to learn the true history of the South and honor their brave and noble ancestors, are invited to attend and join our chapter. For more information, please contact Chapter Director Pam Evans at 832-867-9224.