Pirates coming to the museum

by | July 28, 2018 5:00 am

Last Updated: July 25, 2018 at 11:19 am

The Colleton Museum and Farmers Market is preparing to celebrate a scoundrel.
Two programs, slated to be held the afternoon of Aug. 4, coincide with the 300th anniversary of the pirate Blackbeard’s most audacious act, the Blockade of Charleston.
Blackbeard and his fleet of pirate ships blocked access to the city, holding Charleston hostage for weeks. He would free the city, he informed the residents, in exchange for money and supplies.
He eventually got what he wanted and sailed away.
The museum will host a fun lecture on the pirates that populated the South Carolina coastline on Aug. 4 at 2 p.m.
A Charleston pirate and his talking parrot will be the guide for the trip back in time.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
At 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 4 Colleton County children eight-years-old and younger will have a chance to become pirates, learning the ways of a buccaneer and searching for hidden treasure.
The children may join the pirate crew.
Next, they practice sword drills, so the crew is ready for the adventure. Each child will receive a foam rubber sword to keep as a souvenir. They will also make their own pirate flags.
Then they set out on their treasure hunt, exploring the pirate history of White Point Gardens and Charleston Harbor.
The event ends when the young pirates find the treasure chest and divvy up the plunder: souvenirs from the treasure chest.
The children’s event is free but participants will need to pre-register with the museum by calling 843-549-2303.

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