22 Apr Rev War History Comes Alive
There’s much for the history buff to explore in the Old 96 District. More Revolutionary War battles were fought in South Carolina than in any other colony. Battlefields, family homes, and gathering areas, churches, and town halls which date back to our nation’s birth seem to be in and around the Old 96 District. One of the benefits of such rich heritage is the seemingly endless Ninety Six historic site events.
- The National 96 Historic Site- Referred to as “Star Fort” by locals, once served as a colonial trading post, and, during the Revolutionary War, as a battlefield numerous times. Settlers endured harsh circumstances, and the Cherokee fought to keep their land on these very grounds. Several Ninety Six historic site events take place here. Among them, Living History Saturdays from May through August. Weekly demonstrations depict soldiers and settlers in what would have been their typical habitat. Visitors will witness canon, and musket, firing, games and music from the Colonial era, and tours of the grounds, led by the site’s ranger. If possible, try to schedule your visit in April. That’s when they host “Revolutionary War Day”, or, on alternate years, “Lifeways of the Cherokee and Settlers”. Both Ninety Six historic site events provide fun, hands-on, experiences for the whole family.
- Edgefield, SC-The town of Edgefield is a historic site in itself. Courthouse Square has changed little in over 200 years, and there are “must-see” attractions throughout the town. Horn Creek Baptist Chuch, an authentic example of one-room houses of worship which were attended by early colonists, dates back to 1790. Magnolia-Dale home was built by one of the first families to settle in the Old 96 District.
Whenever you come to Old 96 District, you’ll surely find Rev War historic site events going on.