National Historic Site
1976: National Historic Site
Rating (1-5): Unrated
About the SiteTraders in the early 1700's established this site in South Carolina. It got its quirky name because they believed it was about 96 miles to the Cherokee village of Keowee in the Carolina foothills. Turned out they were wrong. Nevertheless, by the mid-1700's Europeans found Ninety Six a good place to settle, and soon it was growing nicely. There were problems with the local Cherokee indians, and twice in 1760 they attacked Fort Ninety Six. The fort was wisely built for the settlers' protection.
What You're Going to SeeThere is a visitors center, historic roads and paths, the earthen British-built Star Fort (circa 1781), and the partially reconstructed Stockade Fort. There are plenty of archaelogoical complexes, including the below-ground remains of two fillages, forts, houses, and plantations. There's a Junior Ranger program for the kids. Visitors can fish, hike the interpretive trail, picnic, and view the museum exhibits and video.
Personal ObservationsI was in Florida once. Close, but not close enough.
Getting ThereFrom Columbia, take I-26 northwest for about 42 miles to milepost 72. Exit there and take Highway 121 south, around Newberry, about ten miles to the junction of Highway 34. Take Highway 34 west for about 20 miles, through Silverstreet and Chappells and Godsey, to the town of Ninety Six. Take Highway 248 south for 2 miles to the Site.
Nearby AttractionsCongaree Swamp National Monument is about 75 miles east southeast. Kings Mountain National Military Park is about 80 miles to the northeast. Cowpens National Battlefield is about 70 miles to the north. Just across the border in North Carolina, 90 miles north, is Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site.