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Three Days of Revolutionary War History

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Before your first afternoon of sightseeing gets underway, start your tour with an authentic South Carolina lunch at the Front Porch Restaurant, a farm-to-table restaurant that was established in 1984 and continues to serve fresh, simple cuisine decades later.

After lunch, set out to the Chester County Historical Society Museum, where you'll find artifacts and firearms from the Revolutionary War - along with a myriad of other historical relics.

Then make your way over to the hidden gem of Historic Brattonsville, a living American Revolution history site set on 775 acres in McConnells, South Carolina. Here you can explore more than 30 historic structures on the property, enjoy demonstrations of Colonial life and even catch a reenactment of the Battle of Huck's Defeat.

After you've explored the site at Brattonsville, plan to stay at the Rodeway Inn, a locally owned hotel in Union, SC, where you will find an abundance of Southern hospitality. Located in the Upstate region, Union County was the scene of several significant battles during the Revolutionary War.


After breakfast at the hotel, get an early start at Blackstock, the site of a major battle between the Patriot soldiers led by Gen. Thomas Sumter and the British forces under the command of Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton on November 20, 1780. The British were defeated rather badly because of Tarleton's tactical error in dividing his troops and Sumter's choice of a formidable position to defend. A granite battlefield monument stands in memoriam of this historic event today.

The next stop is Union County Museum on Main Street in Union, where you can find nearly 10,000 sq. ft. of Union county memorabilia, including pre-Revolutionary deeds and plat mats, flags and furniture. If you happen to be in town on a Saturday, be sure to visit the nearby Cross Keys Plantation, a Colonial house and historic display on 25 acres that's open from noon to 5 p.m.

For lunch, don't miss what Midway BBQ's owner calls "The Chicken and Hash Stew Capital of the World." Featured on the Travel Channel, this old-fashioned barbecue joint and hash house is a can't-miss.

Next up are Musgrove Mill Museum and the surrounding battlegrounds in Clinton, SC, where you can explore historical exhibits and learn about how the battle here played a larger role in the final outcome of the American Revolution.

After you're done exploring Musgrove Mill, make the short trip to Greenville and settle in at the Park House Bed & Breakfast. Just off Greenville's fantastic Main Street, Park House offers all the Southern charm you're looking for on a South Carolina getaway.

Before turning in, sit down for a riverside dinner at Passerelle Bistro and take in the scenery of Falls Park while you wine and dine. And if you're up for it after dinner, take an evening stroll through the park's paved pathways and gorgeous grassy knolls.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the bed and breakfast, and walk over to the American Legion War Museum on North Main Street in downtown Greenville - where you can study displays covering the Revolutionary War and nearly every other major American conflict since.

Drive on to your last stop in Clemson, South Carolina, where you can tour the campus of Clemson University and visit Fort Rutledge at the site of the Battle of Seneca Old Town.

Also on campus is the Hanover House, a plantation house built in 1716 that was fully restored and stands as an authentic monument to Colonial architecture.

Wrap up the trip with a visit to Mac's Drive In, famous for their old-fashioned milkshakes, onion rings and retro burger joint atmosphere. Mac's was named one of the 51 Great Burger Joints in the nation by USA Today Travel, so it's definitely worth the trip!

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