Andrew Jackson State Park offers the visitor so much to see and experience that I’ve made reservations for another visit next week! Not the usual practice. Usually five days is enough. But not here. So, I’ll have more detail on the museum, the late 18th century school house exhibit, and other sources of information about President Andrew Jackson in later posts.
But before ending this visit I have to mention two more outstanding features of this Park: the statue of young Andrew Jackson by Sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington, and the amphitheater. Either of these alone would justify a visit to the Park. First, the statue.
Those of you who have visited Brookgreen Gardens, across the road from Huntington Beach State Park, know Anna Huntington’s work. She was, by any measure, a remarkable artist. And there’s an interesting story behind Huntington’s interpretation of young Andrew Jackson here.
The idea for the statue came from a class at Lancaster County’s Rice Elementary School. The class, undoubtedly with the encouragement of their teacher, Nancy Crockett, wrote the celebrated Huntington to ask if she would create a statue of Jackson as a young man. Probably because Jackson lived in South Carolina only as a child and teenager.
The statue was completed, mounted on its base, and ready for exhibition at the celebration of Andrew Jackson’s 200th birthday, March 15, 1967. Atop an enormous pink granite base paid for with the pennies, nickels, and dimes of Lancaster County schoolchildren.
It’s easy to miss Andrew Jackson State Park’s Joseph H. Croxton Amphitheater. That’s because it blends so smoothly with its natural surrounding. But be sure not to miss it. Take a walk down this path even if no program is being offered.
Well, that’s all for now. Next week, back to Andrew Jackson State Park to learn more about the museum and hopefully do an interview or two. So stay tuned.