South Carolina Revolutionary War Road Trip: Part 4 - The Old 96 District

By Jason Barnette

Visit South Carolina's first Revolutionary War battlefield and learn about how the war played out on the frontier in the Old 96 District.

This 97-mile road trip includes charming towns like Edgefield and Greenwood, where you'll find local eateries and shopping.

Charles Hammond House

No. 1

See the gravesites of the Hammonds at the restored 1770s house.

The gravesites of Colonel LeRoy Hammond and his son, Captain LeRoy Hammond, were moved here when a nearby public facility was built.

Joanne T. Rainsford Discovery Center

No. 2

Explore exhibits about the frontier battles and pivotal people in the Old 96 District.

You can also learn a lot about the small town like their pottery history and connection to wild turkey hunting.

Horn’s Creek Baptist Church

No. 3

Visit the church built in 1784 and the gravesite of one of the frontier Patriots.

Walk inside the historic church and read the half dozen interpretative signs on the walls.

Visit the small cemetery behind the church to see a Revolutionary War gravesite.

John Bettis died during a frontier skirmish with Loyalists. His grave marker is a new addition.

Ninety Six National Historic Site

No. 4

Learn about South Carolina's first battle in the Revolutionary War and the pivotal siege in 1781.

Walk the one-mile loop trail to see the infamous Star Fort and a small recreation of a Maham Tower.

Take a seat under the shady tree and enjoy the peacefulness of the park. 

The Old Village of Ninety Six was an important crossroads in the 1700s where Native Americans met traders from Charleston - er I mean Charlestown.

Visit the park's museum to learn about the two battles and how they shaped the war in the south.

Battle of Musgrove Mill State Historic Site

No. 5

Learn the story of how the Patriot's ambushed the British along a small, scenic river.

Go for a walk on a shady trail to the riverside where the Musgrove's built a gristmill and see where the British camped the night before the battle.

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