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Hightower Hall- York Co SC

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The first house most visitors see when they arrive at Historic Brattonsville is Hightower Hall

Located at the northern entrance to the historic site on Brattonsville Road, Hightower Hall is a grand, white frame Italian Villa mansion. The impressive house was built for John Simpson Bratton Jr. and his wife Harriet Rainey Bratton in 1856. Then called “Forrest Hall,” it was the seat of a significant nineteenth and twentieth century plantation.


After John and Harriet died, Forrest Hall became the home of their daughter Sophia and her husband Robert Witherspoon. In 1958, the house was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Draper. They in turn sold the house to the York County Historical Commission so that it could become part of Historic Brattonsville. The house became known locally as “Hightower Hall” in the early 1960s.


Hightower Hall has been a well known feature of the York County landscape for years. The house was used as a film location for the Mel Gibson movie The Patriot



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Taken on January 16, 2006