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Spotlight on York County

Visitors regularly learn Revolutionary War cooking techniques, watch religious comedies on stage and learn the language of the Catawba Indians in York County, S.C. Attendees to the 2012 Going On Faith Conference in York County’s Rock Hill will experience some of the county’s group attractions on Aug. 21-23.

Here is a quick glimpse at some of the attractions faith-based groups can explore in York County:

Historic Brattonsville

McConnells, S.C.
Costumed interpreters keep the 19th-century lifestyle of the Carolina Piedmont alive at Historic Brattonsville. Guests can see for themselves how people farmed the land, cooked their food and entertained themselves at the 775-acre Revolutionary War living history site.

More than 30 historic structures depict the daily activities of people who lived on the property in the 1750s through the 1840s. The site also raises rare breeds of farm animals, such as Gulf Coast sheep, Devon cattle and Ossabaw Island hogs.

Narroway Theater and Conference Center
Fort Mill, S.C.
Whether the religious group wants to laugh or solemnly reflect, the Narroway Theater has an appropriate production. Both faith-based comedies and dramas run at the theater, including dinner theaters, biblical productions, mystery shows and holiday performances.

The theater production company keeps the audience interested not just by using original plays, but it also commonly uses impressive special effects and live animals during the shows.

Catawba Cultural Center

Rock Hill, S.C.
The Ye Iswa, or “The People of the River,” lived in York County long before any modern American history began. Visitors can still learn about the Catawba Indians at the Catawba Cultural Center, which is located in one of the only remaining reservation schoolhouses. Exhibits introduce guests to the Catawba’s history and daily lives, while the craft store lets them take back a piece of handcrafted Catawba pottery.

Museum of York County
Rock Hill, S.C.
Groups can look 200 mounted African animals in the eyes at the Museum of York County. The Naturalist Center exhibit was modeled after the National Museum of Natural History by using preserved specimens to depict realistic ecosystems foreign to South Carolina.

Guests can also enjoy getting their hands wet at the interactive Catawba River Gallery, which is filled with various river fish species. The also popular Vernon Grant Gallery examines the works of the creator of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies characters Snap, Crackle and Pop. The exhibit delves into Grant’s 1934 children’s book Tinker Tim the Toymaker with 3-D interactive projects.

Other sites of interest:
1.) Glencairn Garden
2.) Carowinds
3.) Kings Mountain National Military Park
4.) Kings Mountain State Park

For more information about the 2012 Going On Faith Conference or to register, visit