Today was a teacher work day. That means no school. We thought it would be fun to get another Jr. Ranger Badge, number 43. There was one more close to us, so we went to visit Charles Pickney at Snee Farm. There are 6 National Parks in South Carolina. Lon has been to half of them!
This is not the original building, that was torn down, but this building was built on the foundation of the one Charles Pickney lived in.
Here is some more information on Charles Pickney:
Born in South Carolina in 1757, Charles Pinckney fought in the American Revolution and was captured by the British. Upon his release, he practiced law before serving in the Continental Congress from 1784 to 1787, becoming the 37th governor of South Carolina soon after. Pinckney signed the U.S. Constitution and contributed to the Fugitive Slave and "no religious test" clauses. Pinckney later served in Congress, pushing for all white men to have voting rights..
The main reason he has not been remembered along with the other founders was his stance on slavery. He was pro slavery. We also found out that John Quincy Adams and James Monroe did not like him much. He did have some ideas for government we use today. One being that the President is Commander in Chief of the armed forces.
One of the requirements for the badge was to take a small hike on the nature trail. I saw a sign I did not share with Lon. It said watch for snakes, ants and other wild animals on the trail. But luckily we did not see any snakes, and just one fire ant mound. We did see birds!
On the Rice Trunk. It is a much much smaller version than what they would have had as a working plantation
This is Ranger Kate. She is giving Lon his Jr. Ranger oath. We met Ranger Kate when she was the Ranger at Whitman Mission in Walla Walla, Washington. She gave Lon his Jr Ranger badge for Whitman Mission. While she did not recognize Lon's face, he has grown, she recognized his name and the wooden badge. She sent him that badge, because I called her after Lon lost the Whitman Mission badge on Mt. Rainer. She was amazed that we met again! In another place! I am not sure Lon and I were as amazed as she was since that happens to us alot!
When we went to scouts tonight, one of our leaders told us they saw Lon's name on the wall of fame at Fort Moultrie. Lon thought that was pretty cool.