History Comes Alive in Ninety Six

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96 star fortThe Old 96 District is an ideal getaway.  An abundance of freshwater coastline offers up ample opportunity for the avid angler, boater, or kayak enthusiast, or those who simply want to enjoy a view of the lake.  Wooded trails are everywhere and provide the perfect venue for biking, hiking, and enjoying nature.

Antiquing is a popular pastime in Old 96.  You’ll find out-of-the-way flea markets, and  precious plenty vintage and antique dealers, peppered across the five counties making up Old 96.  The District’s heritage dates back to the mid-18th century making some of the heirlooms for sale quite a find.

There’s much for the history buff to explore.  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 every little hamlet and burg in the Old 96 District.  Ninety Six historic site events abound.

One of the benefits of  such rich heritage is the seemingly endless Ninety Six historic site events.  Throughout the year, especially from April through September, Ninety Six historic site events are happening.  A few of the more popular festivities are:

  • 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.

Among the popular Ninety Six historic site events in Edgefield is Heritage Jubilee held in September.   The festival honors the more-than two centuries worth of history which unfolded here.  This festival is one of the Ninety Six historic site events in which the entire town gets involved.  Re-enactments occur with such regularity, you’ll wonder if you did indeed step back in time.

  • Musgrove Mill State Park – In March, Musgrove Mill State Park hosts a guided lantern tour of the British encampment.  Participants encounter live action scenes and figures from the Revolutionary War period.  The last weekend in April sees the colorful Revolutionary War Encampment.  Come see re-enactments of colonial life, and demonstrations of how the settlers lived nearly two and a half centuries ago.  There are plenty of Ninety Six historic site events happening all year long at Musgrove Mill.

These are just a few of the Ninety Six historical site events happening in the District. Whenever you come to Old 96 District, you’ll surely find Ninety Six historic site events going on.  From Spring festivals to Fall country fairs, there’s always something to see and do here in Old 96.

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Old 96 District
April 22, 2015
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