The Spartanburg County Historical Association is seeking a Historic Interpreter for guiding tours to the public at Walnut Grove Plantation.
Description: An SCHA Historic Interpreter educates the public on the history of Walnut Grove Plantation and the surrounding area, monitors the property for unsafe conditions, cleans property buildings, assists with Living History Activity preparation and instruction, assists with visitors, follows SCHA policies and procedures, and occasionally performs tasks in period clothing. Historic Interpreters work 2-4 days per week, including weekends, and guide approximately 2-3 tours each day. Roughly 30% of the job is guiding tours and 70% other front-line operations including light cleaning. This is a part-time position. Starting pay is $8.50/hr.
· Strong work ethic
· Receptive to correction
· Works well with a team
· Enthusiastic and friendly
· Adapts successfully to change
· Professional appearance and demeanor
· Good verbal and written communication skills
· Interacts positively with people of different backgrounds
· Lifting 30 lbs
· Climbing stairs
· Walking distances up to 1 mile
· Standing for extended periods of time
· High School diploma or equivalent
· On-the-job training will be provided
· Preferred: Bachelors degree in History, Education, or Communications
Must have availability Friday- Sunday, 9:00am-5:00pm. Maximum 20 hours per week. Flexible Scheduling. Hourly pay.
About the Spartanburg County Historical Association:
"To preserve and promote the rich history of Spartanburg County through education, community involvement, and sustainability."
As part of its mission, the Spartanburg County Historical Association (SCHA) manages the Spartanburg Regional History Museum in addition to three historic sites: Walnut Grove Plantation, the Historic Price House, and the Seay House. Each property recounts a unique portion of Spartanburg County history and offers tours, events, and educational programming throughout the year.
About Walnut Grove:
Walnut Grove Plantation recounts how free and enslaved people settled the South Carolina Backcountry, fought for independence, and built a new nation.
Charles & Mary Moore established the plantation c. 1767. They raised ten children in the house they built and lived in for 40 years. Mr. Moore relied on a dozen enslaved African Americans and his own large family to work his sizable farm. During the Revolutionary War, the Moores, including daughter Margaret Barry, supported the Patriot cause. Local militia mustered at Walnut Grove prior to the Battle of Cowpens. Loyalist William "Bloody Bill" Cunningham raided the plantation in November 1781 and killed a Patriot soldier sheltered by the Moores.
In addition to the home and outlying buildings, visitors can also view the property's cemetery and walk our nature trail, or enjoy a picnic at the pavilion.