"PLAY BALL!" 1850s Style: What team sports did the people of the Carolinas and other Americans play during the 1850s, a time when there was no football, basketball, and even baseball was in its infancy? One of the games they enjoyed was the venerable old English game of cricket, which had been brought to America during the colonial era and, by the 1850s, could be found in many areas of America.
Visitors to this year's July 4th event at Historic Brattonsville will have an opportunity to personally relive this long forgotten sporting legacy by joining in the short, informal, 19th century cricket games that American cricket player and author Tom Melville will be conducting throughout the day.
The games will be run on a continuous walkup basis and are open to all. Absolutely no experience required! So come and discover what else "play ball" meant to Americans during the 1850s!