Two Battles for Freedom Took Place in the Old 96 District

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  • The Ninety Six National Historic Site in Ninety Six, SC is the home of the first Southern land battle of the Revolutionary War in 1775. The original earthen Star Fort constructed in 1781 by British Loyalists was the site of a bloody 28-day battle, the longest of the war. This national park has a reconstructed stockade fort, a historic cabin, original Cherokee pathways and Colonial-era roadbeds. In addition, an interpretive trail details various historic features and events. The Annual 96 Crossroads event will be held Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3, 2016. Scheduled events are held from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm on Saturday, and 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday. The event is free and visitors can meander amongst the civilians who demonstrate daily lifestyle activities and practice different crafts and trades. Also, several special events and living history days will be held throughout 2016- May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17 and December 3 for the annual Harvest and Holidays event.www.nps.gov/nisi/index.htm
  • Musgrove Mill State Historic Site in Clinton, SC, is a peaceful setting in the Piedmont woods. It stands in sharp contrast to the bloody Battle of Musgrove Mill that took place there on August 19, 1780. The Revolutionary War historic sites at Musgrove Mill interpret and protect the location of the Battle of Musgrove Mill. The battle, in which the vastly outnumbered Patriot militia outlasted the Loyalists in a surprising victory, is detailed through interpretive signage in the visitor center and along two and a half miles of nature trails. Natural features of the park include Horseshoe Falls and the Enoree River, along which much of the fighting took place. Special events and living history programs are held at the park throughout the year. During the weekend of April 23-24, 2016, a Revolutionary War Encampment Weekend will take place. This 2-day event will feature re-enactors demonstrating many aspects of colonial life in the South Carolina Backcountry during the Revolutionary War. Activities will highlight the battle fought at Musgrove Mill in August of 1780 through interpretive talks, demonstrations and exhibits offered by re-enactors. The demonstrations include flintlock weapons demonstrations, tactical military demonstrations, period children’s games, colonial art, colonial medicine, blacksmithing, and more.www.southcarolinaparks.com/musgrovemill/introduction.aspx
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March 14, 2016
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