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Star Fort Mine Tunnel Opened for Exploration

Posted by Ninety Six Historical Society on April 21, 2014 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (20)

The Mine Tunnel built by the American Patriots under the direction of Thaddeus Kosciuszko, engineer for Major General Nathaniel Greene was opened on April 14th, 2014 by the NPS.

The Park in collabroration with the University of South Florida opened the mine in an effort to document and preserve the 125 foot tunnel. The American troops fought the British stronghold for 28 days at Star Fort, the longest siege in the American Revolution. The British constructed a 14 foot high star shaped eathen fort (still in exsistence today) in an attempt to defend and secure the outpost. The tunnel, constructed wih the hopes of digging under the star fort and planting explosives, was not completed and the plans cut short when Major Greene learned of 2000 British troops enroute to Ninety Six from Charleston, SC and he retreated.

 Archaeologists using 3-D imaging, scanning and remote sensing equipment, the team sent cameras down to film and measure the 3 and a half foot high tunnel.  The SC Historic Preservation Director, along with SCETV /ETV  were present to mark this historic event.  The tunnel was discovered to have bricked walls in most of the area.

The project will also be part of a compiled history of the engineering skills of Thaddeaus Kosciuszko, a Polish native, who masterminded some of the greatest and most remarkable defense and offense engineering maneuvers of the war.

Guest Speaker

Posted by Ninety Six Historical Society on May 13, 2012 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (2)

The June 11th meeting will play host to Mr. Jim Livingston. Mr Livingston is the auther of Mine Creek Ambush, a book documenting the ambush that took place near current day Saluda, South Carolina during revoluntionary times.

This should be an imformative presentation. Mr. Livingston will also have copies of his book on hand for purchase. Plan to attend and learn the harrowing history that our forefathers faced. Discover the area and how it played an active role in American History.

Living History Days

Posted by Ninety Six Historical Society on May 13, 2012 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (1)

Living History Saturdays at Ninety Six National Historic Site


(Ninety Six, SC) Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in the Carolina backcountry during the American Revolution? Find out by traveling back in time to encounter the small community that grew at the crossroads of Old Ninety Six. Throughout the summer, uncover your history at Living History Days held on the third Saturday of each month starting on Saturday, May 19, 2012 through September. Come and experience what life is like in Colonial times at the Ninety Six National Historic Site located just outside of the city of Greenwood, South Carolina.


Activities will include living historians displaying their Colonial and Revolutionary War skills around the Black Swan Tavern from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Bring your family and take part in the activities. Guided tours will occur at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Check in at the Visitor Center for details. All activities are free. Programs are subject to cancellation.


Visitors are encouraged to come to each program because different living history skills and demonstrations are displayed. Living History Days will be held on Saturdays May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, and September 15, 2012.


The Park features two Revolutionary War battlefields, the original 1781 Star Fort, log cabin, museum, twenty minute interpretive film, bookstore, small picnic area, and several miles of trails. Come spend the day discovering Ninety Six National Historic Site. The Park is located 2 miles south of the town of Ninety Six on Highway 248.


For additional information, visit our website at or call (864) 543- 4068.

- NPS -

Shopping Trip to Commerce, GA

Posted by Ninety Six Historical Society on November 1, 2011 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The Historical Society will be hosting a Bus Trip to Commerce, GA to the Tangler Outlets on Sat. December 10th, just in time for Christmas. The Bus will leave town square at 8:30 am and return at 6:00 pm. We will be stopping for breakfast at Cracker Barrel along the way. The trip is limited to 28 persons. The cost is $25.00 pp and includes a coupon booklet and a shopping bag. (breakfast not included in price). You may sign up at the monthly meeting or call Jenny at 941-1439. all monies are due by December 1st.

Proctor Cemetery Project

Posted by Ninety Six Historical Society on October 1, 2011 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Thanks to the mulitple volunteers and organizations that made our project possible!  Mr. Aden Rowley had a vision, and that vision was completed. When I first contacted Mr. Rowley in August about restoring the cemetery, I had no idea that this would become such a heartwarming project. Mr. Rowleys dedication to his wife and his cause, were unmatched. A special Thank you to Mr. Riv Temple, Youth Group Leader of Temple Baptist Church. Without his efforts and contacts I don't think we could have completed this task with the swiftness of the day. With so many to thank for such tremendous efforts put forth, please be sure to see the Index-Journals complete list of names and companies. Five new headstones have been discovered and a diagram of the cemetery has been completed. Family names included are Burnett, Bullock, Holloway, Parkman, King, Smith, Polatty and Martin. For additonal information on the families, please email your requests.


Speaker from Revolutionary Site

Posted by Ninety Six Historical Society on July 19, 2011 at 4:27 PM Comments comments (0)

The August 8th meeting of the Historic Society shall host a speaker from the Ninety Six Historic Site. Star Fort Ranger Ethan Gray will be presenting a power point show along with a showing of artifacts from the site. All meetings are open to the public and begin at 6:45 pm at the Ninety Six Visitors Center. Please feel free to attend and enjoy.

Hike from Augusta

Posted by Ninety Six Historical Society on May 28, 2011 at 11:33 PM Comments comments (0)

On June 6th Revoluntionary Re-Enactor Gary Pender will begin a  hike/march from Augusta, Georgia to Star Fort, Ninety Six, South Carolina. He has extensivley researched the original route taken by Andrew Pickens and Henry (Light horse) Lee and their troops. The troops marched to Star Fort to assist Nathaniel Greene and his American troops, against the British troops held up at the fort.

 For those of you who are interested in joining march, please contact him.  Keep in mind this march/hike will be over several days, outside and in the elements.

If you are unable to participate in the march but would like to support those marching, you may greet them at the Ninety Six Historical Site, Hwy 246, Ninety Six, South Carolina upon their arrrival. Please contact Mr. Pender for additional details. 

April 11 Events

Posted by Ninety Six Historical Society on March 28, 2011 at 11:59 PM Comments comments (0)

This months meeting will have two presentations. The Museum of Greenwoods' Railroad Museum will be presenting a program about several of their train cars. A video of the Greenwood Railroad will also be shown, time allowing. Secondly, a Star Fort Reenactor will be presenting information on a hike/walk he is planning in June. The hike/walk will be from Augusta, Ga to Star Fort following the original route taken by Andrew Pickens and Henry Lee, who marched their troops to assist Nathaniel Greene at the battle at Star Fort during the Revoluntionary War. He is currently in the planning stages, so bring ideas and maps. Light refreshments served. All monthly meetings are open to the public and free. Please come join us for what should be a enjoyable night!

Headstone Hunters

Posted by Ninety Six Historical Society on March 19, 2011 at 4:11 PM Comments comments (0)

Do you like going into the woods searching for headstones? Do you like to walk through the cemetary and look at all the dates listed? Well if this sounds like you, you would be perfect to join our group. A small group of members meet and go to cemetaries in Ninety Six to log the names and dates. If you are interested, contact us and we'll include you on our next trip. We will start mid-morning, break for lunch and finish mid afternoon, depending on the weather. Bring pencil, paper, sunscreen and water. See ya there!


Posted by Ninety Six Historical Society on February 10, 2011 at 6:53 PM Comments comments (0)

The following students are winners of the Ninety Six Historical Society Logo contest that was held at the Ninety Six Elementary School for grades 3, 4 and 5.


3rd Grade Winners are : 1st Place- Lyndsay Peppers,    2nd Place- Kerry Knepley,  3rd Place- Krishon Mathis


4th Grade Winners are : 1st Place- Kai Fyock,    2nd Place-I Guadalupe Maceda,    3rd Place- Bri Freeman


5th Grade Winners are: 1st Place- Cooper Kelly,    2nd Place-Gaalon Lukie,    3rd Place- Jonathan Traynham


The final overall winner was Cooper Kelly, who sketched the Logan House located at the Ninety Six National Historic Site. Mr. Kellys drawing will be used as the logo for the society. Congratulations Mr. Kelly on a job well done!


The Historical Society would like to thank all the students who participated in the poster contest. There were wonderful and very talented drawings of our town and our area. The posters were judged on concepts and ideas. We are very proud of all the work submitted and all posters will be on display at the 96 Visitors Center. All prizes were awarded at the Ninety Six School District meeting on February 8th by the Historical Society President, Vice President, the Mayor of Ninety Six and the Director of Tourism for Ninety Six.


Once again, Congratulations to all the winners.