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Aberdeen Easter Family Tour

Posted: March 20, 2014 4:52 p.m.
Updated: March 21, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Dale Sheheen, chair of Mental Health America (MHA) of Kershaw County recently announced MHA would be hosting its third annual Easter Family Tour at Aberdeen, home of Jack Bantley. Sheheen said, "Jack Brantley has again opened his home and grounds to our organization for a fund raising opportunity. Our mission is to promote mental health and to work for improved care, treatment and quality of life for persons with mental illness."

The tour is open to children and adults will be held on Saturday, April 5th and Sunday, April 6th from 2 until 5 p.m. Admission is $5/person. Face painting, an egg hunt, refreshments, Easter baskets and bunny ears will be available on the carefully manicured grounds for the children. The historic home will also be open for tours. Music will be provided by "We Three."

The house now known as Aberdeen was built around 1810 by Samuel Mathis who was the brother-in-law of Joseph Kershaw, the "Father of Camden" for whom the county is named. The home was carefully built with pine and each construction beam was labeled with a Roman numeral, apparently a coding system if the house ever had to be moved. The beautiful wide pine flooring in the house is fastened with pegs and most rooms have 12-foot ceilings.

The house had 10 owners between Mathis and Brantley, who purchased it in 1975. The interior has seen extensive restoration and renovation during the years. Brantley completed major renovations in 2001 and 2003 when beautiful crown moldings and rich vibrant paint colors were added to enhance his extensive collection of antiques and porcelains.

Each room in the house is special but the "Miss America Bedroom" where many former Miss Americas slept is a major highlight. The library is also another "must see" room. The floor-to-ceiling glass cabinets in this room display Jack’s collection of Christmas and Easter porcelains, which are his favorite holidays.

Jack has always been gracious about offering his home for tours, but most of them have been Christmas tours. This will give his many friends and the public a chance to tour it in the springtime. While discussing the house, Jack said, "My greatest pleasure is not owning the house and its contents but in sharing with the community. God wants us to build a better world and I feel I can do some of that by sharing the beauty of my collections with others."

Tickets may be purchased for $5 each at:

• Graham’s Tire Company, 828 Mill St.,

• Mental Health America, 110 East DeKalb St., or

• by contacting Debbie Massalon at 432-7955.

Tickets will also be available on the days of the tour.


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