As an added bonus the town was having a town wide garage sale on the green.
We looked at all the tables, we had a great time. Bought a hot dog snack. I found some vintage lace at a very nice price.
Now we were off to the National Historic Site
Ninety Six National Historic Site is an area of unique historical and archeological significance. The unusual name was given by Charleston traders in the early 1700's because they thought it was the estimated remaining number of miles from here to the Cherokee village of Keowee in the upper South Carolina foothills.
By the mid-1700's, European colonists found it a favorable place to settle. During Ninety Six's early days, troubles with local Indians increased.In 1760, Cherokees twice attacked Fort Ninety Six, built for the settlers' protection. Located at the crossroads of twelve roads and paths, Ninety Six village reached its peak in the 1770's.This important backcountry town boasted a growing population, 12 houses, taverns and shops.At the newly constructed courthouse and jail, court cases were heard twice each year in April and November.Ninety Six proved to be a strategic location in the Revolutionary War.The first land battle south of New England was fought here in 1775.Later in the war, Ninety Six figured prominently in the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution.In 1780, the British fortified the strategically important frontier town. From May 22 - June 18, 1781 Major General Nathanael Greene with 1,000 patriot troops staged the longest field siege of the Revolutionary War against 550 loyalists who were defending Ninety Six. The earthen Star Fort remains as one of the best preserved examples of an original 18th century fortification.
Today would be his 50th badge
This amazes me
As many as 100 loyalist families took refuge in the town of 96 during the 1781 siege. They had to suffer the same hardships and disease as the Loyalist soldier. After the battle many families followed the British Army to Charleston, never to return to 96.
The quiet field before you was the site of the once-thriving 1700s town of Ninety Six. In 1781 it had about a dozen homes, a courthouse, and a jail. When Lieutenant Colonel Cruger arrived in 1780, he fortified it against attack. One visitor observed, "Its houses, which were intierly [sic] wood, were comprised within a stockade. The commandant immediately set the garrison, both officers and men, to work to throw up a bank, parapet high, around the stockade, and to strengthen it with abatis."
During the siege of 1781, many Loyalist families from the backcountry, fleeing from Greene's advancing Patriot army, took refuge in the fortified town. Packed into the stockaded village, already filled with Cruger's troops and sick or wounded soldiers carried out from the Star Fort, these refugees lived in constant fear of Patriot gunfire and dwindling food and water supplies.After the Patriot's defeat, Cruger was ordered to evacuate the town. The British command decided that Ninety Six was too far from Charleston and too deep in hostile territory to be of further value to their cause. So in July 1781, Cruger's men, with Loyalist families in tow, abandoned the village and burned it to the ground, denying Patriots further use of the site
One of the last signs
Beautiful and peaceful
Water sources were very important to a town. They used Spring Creek to haul water into the town. Hauling water has never been my favorite thing.
The shadow figures are throughout the park
Stratford Hall was the home of Light Horse Henry Lee.
Built by Andrew Logan in the late 1700s, this well preserved example of a log house of that time was discovered in nearby Greenwood. The historic stricture has been hidden under siding and obscured by alterations from a much later period. Realizing its value as an extraordinary artifact, the Star Fort Commission, which managed this site before the National Park Service, had it moved here in 1968.
The two-story house of logs and chinking mortar is typical of colonial-era backcountry buildings. A fireplace would have been used for heat and cooking, furniture would have been scant and simply, and animals might have been quartered in a side-yard pen. The Logan Log House is now used for living history programs.
The interior of the cabin.
The outdoor oven.
Lon in the stocks.
Getting his Jr. Ranger badge! Taking the oath. It as good to get back into getting them!
The squirrel. We love squirrels
It was time to head on home.
We did not see a place to eat in Saluda or the next town. When we came across this place we were hungry and wanted to stop! It was not bad.
Yep, there were deer heads hanging on the wall!
Lon got pancakes, Mark got fried chicken and I had the burger.
Old buildings. Love these
If you look really close, you can see donkeys! We thought they were cows at first but they were donkeys! Of course then we started talking about Donkey and Shrek.
These are cows
We had a great day. It was really fun to go on a little day trip! Perfect weather, and great company!