Ninety Six, South Carolina is truly rich with history. Originally founded as a trading post between early settlers and the Cherokee Indians. The British forces arrived and built Star Fort, now a National Historic Site, in 1780 ( see Links). The original dirt star shaped fort is still in existence today and one of the only places in the country where you can still experience and explore an earthen star fort where America was being fought for. British Lt. General Lord Cornwallis believed Ninety Six would be crucial to the control of South Carolina as well as Georgia.
Ninety Six is unique in holding two Revolutionary War records: The very first southern land battle of the Revolutionary War was fought here. Second, the site was also the longest siege in whole Revolutionary War lasting 28 days between the British and the Patriot forces of Major Gen. Nathaniel Greene along with Andrew Pickens and Henry " Light Horse" Lee.
Remarkably, this very small town has produced a large number of historical and notable figures such as John McElrath of the Swinging Medallions; Baseballs' Bill Voiselle, who had his uniform number changed to 96 to honor his hometown and the only professional player to wear a number so high; Baseballs' Robert Rosel (Bobby) Williams; home to Secession Hill Secretary and CSA Lt. Col George McDuffie Miller; Notorious Bad Boy Senator Preston Brooks; Senator John W. Drummond; Green Bay Packers Larry G. Craig; Civil Rights Movement players John Waller and Gordan Blaine Hancock; as well as home of Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays- mentor to Martin Luther King Jr. see Historical Figures page.
Ninety Six may possibly even be the first town in South Carolina to have served a southern favorite- Hash, in order to feed 10,000 people at a convention in 1856 during the re-election of Senator Preston Brooks. We're not sure, but we do hold several festivals were you may taste some. Historical plantations and a historic bed and breakfast- The Kinard House (see Link) listed on the National Registry.
We are a collective group of citizens who meet monthly and are interested in preserving the history and genealogy of the Ninety Six area. We research buildings, land, and family history as well as preserving artifacts. Members collect information from local cemeteries, libraries, title searches, and conduct interviews with the locals. If you are interested in becoming a member, doing research, or submitting materials we welcome you to join us. Membership is only Ten Dollars a year and we are a non-profit group. We will assist you in your own research, when possible. Please see the contact page for further information to join.
Our materials are free to the public. This allows relatives to freely research family members and links without the costs of some genealogy websites. If you have information that pertains to residents, a homestead, local business, or burials, please contact us. Also please visit our Facebook page, which contains up to the minute information.