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home : news : lakelands August 1, 2014

6/21/2013 2:50:00 PM
Sons of Freedom: Celebrating American Independence at Ninety Six NHS
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NINETY SIX, SC -  As this nation celebrates 237 years of Independence from Great Britain, Ninety Six National Historic Site’s visitor center will open on Thursday, July 4 from 10 am – 4 pm to commemorate the young sons who fought so gallantly at Ninety Six. At 10 am and 2 pm, hear the words of the Declaration of Independence ring out during a reading of the document at the visitor center.  Throughout the day sign your name to the Declaration using a quill pen just as our forefathers. 

Reflect on the soldiers and their families who fought for independence at Ninety Six National Historic Site. As early as 1775, American Revolution reached Ninety Six in a three-day clash between patriot and loyalist militias. James Birmingham, the first South Carolinian to die during the Revolutionary War, is remembered for his service and sacrifice with a monument.  In 1781 patriot sons from as far North as Maryland and Delaware descended upon Ninety Six with General Nathanael Greene’s Continental Army still seeking freedom. 

Park Superintendent, John Slaughter invites you with the following message:  "Our nation's birthday is the perfect time to reflect on the incredible contributions our ancestors made to the cause of freedom right here at Ninety Six. Come visit this national treasure and the many ways the site was vital to the American Revolutionary War."

Last March the visitor center hours were reduced until further notice. The visitor center is now closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays with the exception of July 4. The visitor center is open 10 am to 4 pm, Friday through Tuesday.  Visitors may still tour the park dawn to dusk.

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