Step back in time and relive the history of the American Revolution right here in South Carolina.
Forts & Battlefields
Explore famous battlefields and historic forts to see where important conflicts occurred. Set out on a 30-minute boat ride to Fort Sumter National Monument, located on a sea island just off the coast of Charleston, and visit Fort Moultrie National Historical Park on Sullivan’s Island—both are part of a series of coastal forts that were strategically built to defend Charleston against British occupation. Explore Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center, filled with educational exhibits and unique artifacts.
At the Battle of Musgrove Mill State Historic Site in Clinton, visitors can learn about the Patriot militia’s underdog victory over the Loyalists (Americans fighting on the British side) who vastly outnumbered them. Discover a serene wooded landscape marked by the Enoree River and Horseshoe Falls. Follow the interpretive signage along 2.5 miles of wooded nature trails.
In Eutawville, venture to Eutaw Springs Battleground Park, known as the last major revolutionary battle in South Carolina. Next, head to Camden Battlefield & Longleaf Pine Preserve in Camden, commemorating the bravery of American soldiers in a battle that resulted in massive casualties as well as captures. Take a guided tour of the Cowpens National Battlefield to learn about the significant revolutionary battle victory here, and visit Blacksburg’s Kings Mountain National Military Park, the site of a pivotal victory following the British invasion of Charleston.
Delve deep into South Carolina’s American Revolution history with informative exhibits. Start at The Revolutionary War Visitors’ Center at Camden, opening spring 2021, which showcases exhibits exploring Camden and Kershaw County’s connection to the American Revolution, its Native American and African American heritage, and the role women played in the war.
Brimming with stories, wander the Lexington County Museum in Lexington to discover historic artifacts and structures. In Columbia, the South Carolina State Museum features a permanent exhibit with American Revolutionary War relics. Explore the Cayce Historical Museum, a replica of Fort Granby, a post overtaken by the British, filled with exhibits about the heritage of the area. The Artillery Room, a popular exhibit, outlines Colonial weaponry at the South Carolina Military Museum. Finally, drop by The Charleston Museum founded in 1773, and take a fascinating historic home tour.