As a child Clarissa Clifton would search her grandmother’s wood burning stove looking for the knobs to turn it on. After all, Grandma Lillie was always waiting for the weather to get cool enough to ditch her gas burning stove and cook on her wood burning stove. This was the start of Clarissa’s fascination with food history. Today she can be found doing living history demonstrations at Latta Plantation and other historic sites. She loves to discuss recipes and cooking methods before it became out of fashion to use a biscuit to sop up some pot likker from a plate of Crowder peas.
Is new to the field of interpretation as a full time employee, but he has been a volunteer for sometime at Historic Brattonsville. His drive to teach about the African American experience from slavery to civil rights is what makes his work so important to telling the story. Check him out at Brattonsville or here from time to time!