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Park celebrates AJ’s birthday Saturday

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Free event includes re-enactors, kids’ activities, vendors, more

Laura Ledford
Andrew Jackson State Park

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On Saturday, March 24, Andrew Jackson State Park will host Andrew Jackson’s 251st Birthday Celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take a stroll around the lawn to meet traditional crafters and re-enactors. Listen to the blasts of black-powder guns during firing demonstrations by Revolutionary War re-enactors. See how everyday items that we can get at any retail store today were made by hand during Jackson’s time.
Enjoy various hands-on activity tables where you may play with colonial toys, write on a slate or with a quill pen, churn butter and dip candles. For only $5, paint a mini canvas as a unique memento of the day.
Visit with traditional crafters on the museum lawn as they demonstrate 18th-century skills and sell their wares. Visit the museum to learn why we celebrate this native son. Browse the gift shop for books and souvenirs. Don’t forget to get a tour of the one-room schoolhouse, led by the Retired Educators of Lancaster County.
Come early to choose a plant from the Clemson Extension Master Gardeners of Lancaster County plant sale. Wilbur’s Last Ride will sell barbecue for lunch. Have a sweet treat from our bake sale for dessert.
View the work of the Andrew Jackson Sestercentennial Photography Contest winners on display in the Meeting House. See the new memorial to Elizabeth Hutchinson Jackson, the president’s mother, placed at the park last year by the St. Andrew’s Society of Columbia. If you are lucky, you might get to chat with Old Hickory himself.  
Andrew Jackson State Park, the Friends of Andrew Jackson State Park, and the Lancaster County Retired Educators sponsor this event, which is free with park admission.
Admission to the park is $2 for adults, $1.25 for S.C. seniors and free for ages 15 and younger.
The park is nine miles north of Lancaster on U.S. 521 at 196 Andrew Jackson Park Road.
For more information, call the park at (803) 285-3344.