Ninety Six National Historic Site
PO Box 418
Ninety Six, SC 29666
Explore the Walk Where Battles
Were Fought & Heroes Were Forged!
Here settlers struggled against the
harsh backcountry to survive, Cherokee Indians hunted and fought to
keep their land, two towns and a trading post were formed and
abandoned to the elements, and two Revolutionary War battles that
claimed over 100 lives took place here.
Ninety Six National Historic Site,
also known as Old Ninety Six and Star Fort, is a United States
National Historic Site located about 60 miles south of Greenville,
South Carolina. The historic site was listed on the National Register
in 1969, declared to be a National Historic Landmark in 1973, and
established as a National Historic Site in 1976 to preserve the
original site of Ninety Six, South Carolina, a small town established
in the early 1700s.
The unusual name of Ninety Six was
bestowed upon it by traders who mistakenly believed that 96 was the
number of miles from the town to the Cherokee village of Keowee to the
north. During the French and Indian War of the mid 1700s, the town was
twice attacked by the Cherokee.
Ninety Six had become a prosperous
village by the time the American Revolutionary War came knocking at
the door. The first land battle of the war fought south of New England
took place at Ninety Six in 1775. The village became a Loyalist
stronghold early in the war and was fortified by the British in 1780.
From May 22 - June 18, 1781, Continental Army Major General Nathanael
Greene led 1,000 troops in a siege against the 550 Loyalists in the
village. The 28-day siege, the longest of the entire war, centered on
an earthen fortification known as Star Fort. Despite having more
troops, Greene's patriots were eventually unsuccessful in taking the
Park Visitor Center hours
are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.
However, if you park outside of our front gate you may visit the park
from daylight to dusk. The gates are locked from 5:00 pm
until 8:00 am daily.
Visit during one of our special
events and experience the sights, smells, and sounds of Colonial
and Revolutionary War life including touring our Black Swan Tavern.
We offer Ranger led tours throughout the year especially around
our special events and programs. Ask in the Visitor Center or check
the bulletin board for times.
Historic Interpretive Trail:
The paved 1 mile walking trail includes wayside signs, the
reconstructed siege works and Stockade Fort, original 1781 Star Fort,
town site of old Ninety Six, historic roads, and more. The trail
begins and ends at the visitor parking lot. Horses, bikes,
skateboards, etc are not allowed on the trail. There are 2 small hills
(the larger one is located by the Stockade Fort). Ask in the Visitor
Center for a map. (approx. 45 mins)
We have several primitive trails, including the Cherokee
Path, Gouedy Trail, and more. Ask in the Visitor Center for
the latest map.
Located just down the trail from the Cabin by visitor parking. No
reservations needed. Two picnic tables are handicap accessible.
Pond: Located at the back of our property along Hwy 246. Fishing
is allowed Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday April 1 to November 1.
The times for fishing are from 30 minutes before sunrise until
30 minutes after sunset.
There�s also bird watching,
and wildlife viewing. A list is being compiled of the birds
that are in the Park, but the Park�s wildlife includes: deer,
gray squirrels, gray fox, opossums, raccoons, beaver, and cottontail
Did You Know?
The Revolutionary War in the South Carolina Backcountry was a civil
war. Neighbor fought neighbor & family member fought family
member. The Ninety Six District was no exception that is one of the
reasons Ninety Six National Historic Site has two Revolutionary War
battles on its grounds.
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