Did you know that South Carolina had more Revolutionary War battles than any other colony?
In the early days of our nation, the original colonies, except for port cities, were largely unsettled. As settlements grew more populated, the British government divided these unincorporated areas into districts. South Carolina’s Old 96 District figured prominently in the South as both an agricultural stronghold, and later, as a strategic battleground in the Revolutionary War.
Walk Where Heroes Were Forged!
Ninety-Six Battlefield and Star Fort
1103 Hwy 248 S, Ninety-Six, SC 29666
Ninety-Six is the site of the longest field siege in the history of the Revolution. For 28 days in late spring of 1781, a battle to liberate Star Fort and the surrounding area was fought by 1,000 members of the Continental Army, under the ordinance of Army Major General Nathaniel Greene. The lesser manned Loyalist Army of 550 men proved to be worthy opponents and the siege of Ninety-Six was unsuccessful for the Continental soldiers. Meander through this historic site and learn more about this key battle and others. If you are visiting during one of the park’s living history days (May 21, June 18, July 16, Aug. 20 or Sept. 14), you’ll have the chance to interact with realistic, living history reactors.
Battle Near the Enoree
Musgrove Mill State Historic Site
398 State Park Rd, Clinton, SC 29325
Musgrove Mill State Park Historic Site is located just off of I-26, on the northeast edge of Sumter National Forest. There are 2.3 miles of walking trails winding their way through this historic site, immersing the hiker in Revolutionary War history, providing an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the South Carolina Piedmont. The trails are awash in color, particularly in the Fall and Spring, and provide ample photo-ops. Retracing the steps of the Patriot Soldiers gives you a fair appreciation for the earliest days of our nation’s existence.
The history of the birth of our nation is just one of the tales recounted here. There’s lore and legend to be found in every corner of Musgrove Mill State Historic Site. The Enoree River rushes through Musgrove Mill, providing the score to a thousand different stories still waiting to unfold.
Horseshoe Falls is a lovely and refreshing break in your hike. Legend claims that Mary Musgrove, daughter of the landowner, hid a Patriot soldier in the cave adjacent to the falls. A blacksmith by trade, thus the name “Horseshoe”, the soldier gathered intelligence which helped win the Battle of Musgrove Mills. Horseshoe Falls’ 10-foot cascade is gentle enough to wade in, but at your own risk.