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Ninety Six National Historic Site


Ninety Six National Historic Site
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Address:
Highway 249
Ninety Six, SC 29666

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864-543-4068

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British fortified town features original fort and Revolutionary War battlefield

In the late 1750’s several British regiments encamped on these grounds and assisted with constructing and garrisoning fortifications during the Cherokee War. Fort Ninety Six was completed in 1759 to protect backcountry settlers and was the site of two Cherokee attacks in 1760. Ninety Six also played a major role in the Revolutionary War because of its strategic location at the convergence of several important backcountry roads. The first land battle south of New England was fought here in November 1775. In 1780, the British fortified the town and it became an important outpost. Major General Nathanael Greene with 1,000 patriot troops staged a siege here against 550 loyalists. Although battered by the siege, the British-built earthen Star Fort remains one of the best preserved examples of an original 18th century fortification. The British finally abandoned Ninety Six and returned to Charleston.