28 Jan What’s with the name Old 96 District?
What’s with the name Old 96 District?
Old 96 District, what kind of name is that? Well, let us tell you the story. Named after a judicial district dating back to the Colonial era when law and order came to the South Carolina backcountry, this region was 96 miles down the Cherokee Path from Keowee, a major Cherokee town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A favorite legend has it that an Indian maiden fell in love with a silversmith who lived near the fort. When she learned that her tribe planned a surprise attack on the settlement, she mounted her horse to warn the settlers. The locals report it was 96 horses’ paces from the Cherokee nation to the site of Star Fort, hence the name of the town Ninety Six, South Carolina.