BEECH ISLAND -- Join the staff of Redcliffe Plantation State Historical Site on Saturday, Dec. 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. as they explore the holidays at Redcliffe from the perspective of the enslaved men, women and children who worked at Redcliffe and Silver Bluff Plantations. "Ironically, much of our information about Christmas at the Hammond Plantations involves the celebrations of the enslaved individuals rather than the Hammond family," park interpreter Elizabeth Laney explains. "Plantation records indicate that they were given several days off from their labors and given extra allotments of food and clothing. These 'extras' could also be taken away just as swiftly at the whim of their owner." At 2 p.m., special guest Kitty Wilson-Evans of Historic Brattonsville will portray the life of a slave named Kessie, hired on to help with the plantation holiday preparations. Interactive presentations, games and tours of the historic slave quarters will also be a part of the program. Program admission is $6 for adults, $4 for ages 6 through 16, free for 5 and under and $3 for S.C. seniors. This program is suitable for all ages. Call (803) 827-1473, e-mail or visit for a complete schedule of events. Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site was the home of S.C. Gov. James Henry Hammond (1807-1864) and three generations of his descendants, as well as numerous generations of African-American families who lived on the plantation as slaves and later as freedmen. It was donated to the state of South Carolina in 1975 and is managed today by the S.C. State Park Service.