2018-10-05 / On Second Thought

South Carolina’s Liberty Trail project will preserve American Revolution battlefield sites

Compiled by Warren Hughes

I want to know more about the Liberty Trail project in South Carolina.

Although we all may not realize it, the Carolinas played a major role in defeating the British in the American Revolution.

While key battlefield sites in South Carolina are preserved at Kings Mountain and Cowpens, for example, many other locations have not been. The American Battlefield Trust and its South Carolina component are working to preserve these key battlefield sites to form the Liberty Trail.

According to the trust, more than 200 battles and skirmishes occurred in South Carolina. Sixty-nine sites worthy of preservation have been selected by historians and archaeologists for the project. The South Carolina Liberty Trail will eventually provide four driving tour routes encompassing these significant sites. The Revolutionary War Trust is currently working closely with the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust to establish Trail I, a driving trail of 19 sites from Moncks Corner to Lancaster.

As described, 2,250 acres of battlefield sites will be preserved overall. Eventually more than $15 million will be devoted to the total preservation project for land acquisition, research, and interpretation.

To date, the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust and several partners have raised $8 million of the needed funding, leaving just over $7 million to be raised.

The first phase will protect 1,037 acres spread across six sites.

Later phases of the Liberty Trail project will seek to connect additional sites, including well-known battlefields like Cowpens and Kings Mountain, along with numerous smaller, but still critically important, battlefields.

Ultimately the project will provide battle apps, onsite interpretation, social media, and special teacher institutes.

The national trust describes its goals on its website battlefields.org.

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