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Ninety Six National Historic Site – Greenwood County, South Carolina

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In our country’s earliest days, colonists established a fortified settlement in Ninety Six, and it was a political and legal center for the entire northwest corner of the state. The name Ninety Six was in use as early as 1730 and probably referred to the mileage from the fort to the Cherokee nation’s capital of Keowee.

Ninety Six NHS

Larry Gleason of Aiken, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Ninety Six, located in Greenwood County, is famous for its Revolutionary War history. The first land battle of the war was fought here during November of 1775. American forces quickly constructed a fort of wood and straw and dug in for a long fight. The British army was unable to oust the Patriot fighters from their post, and the battle eventually ended in a truce.

Logan Cabin at Ninety Six

Larry Gleason of Aiken, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The British eventually fortified Ninety Six, and built a wall around the village in the shape of a star. This fort became known as the ‘Star Fort’ and was later overrun by American forces. Its ruins still stand today. See a picture from a Ninety Six National Historic Site war reenactment.

Logan Log Cabin at Ninety Six NHS

Larry Gleason of Aiken, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The Ninety Six Historical Site is listed in the National Register:

(Old Ninety Six & Star Fort) The historic district of Ninety Six National Historic Site contains numerous historical features associated with the economic and social development of the colonial South Carolina back country. Native Americans, colonial frontiersmen, and loyalists to the British crown have used this landmark site throughout state history. The area encompassed by the district also figured prominently during the American Revolutionary War, first as the focal point of regional political dissension and later as the scene of a lengthy siege that epitomized the strategy and determination of Major General Nathaniel Greene during the Southern Campaign of the War. As such, the district is of national historic significance. The historic sites included in this district’s documentation are those which relate to the site’s significance, for its association with the settlement and development of the English colonies in North America and with the southern campaign of the American Revolutionary War.

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Ninety Six National Historic Site

Larry Gleason of Aiken, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

96 Stockade Fort

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96 Stockade

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96 Fort

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Ninety Six Battlefield

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Logan Log Cabin

Mark Elbrecht of Greenville, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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3 Comments about Ninety Six National Historic Site

Bruce JohnsnNo Gravatar says:
February 5th, 2017 at 3:49 pm

If our records prove correct, my 5th great-grandfather died in battle defending the Star Fort in 1781. His name was Mark Lively. He had 3 sons fighting around the same time. John, Reuben, and Thomas. I often wonder if there were any grave markers for the fallen defenders.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
October 30th, 2013 at 8:36 am

Thank you! We are always so happy to receive feedback from our visitors!

Caroline CurranNo Gravatar says:
October 29th, 2013 at 9:01 am

I lived in the SC lowcountry almost 60 years, and I never heard of the Star Fort, even though I had family in both Ninety-Six and Greenwood. This history is fascinating. I am so grateful to the SC Picture Project for all I’m able to learn so easily. Wonderful!

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