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Overmountain victory national historic trail
2635 Park Road, Blacksburg, SC
Ph:
864-936-3477
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This 330 mile commemorative route honors the hundreds of Patriot fighters who traveled across the
Appalachian Mountains to engage and defeat Major Patrick Ferguson and his Loyalist forces at Kings
Mountain. A portion of the motorized route passes through downtown Gaffney. Each year, in early
October, members of the OvermountainVictoryTrail Association (OVTA) and other participants hold
a memorial march along the historic trail, stopping in Gaffney on their way to the battlefield.
Kings Mountain national Military park
2625 Park Road, Blacksburg, SC
Ph:
864-936-7921
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The Battle of Kings Mountain changed the course of the RevolutionaryWar. Visitors can view a
film about the battle, and explore the museum and gift shop. The 1.5 mile battlefield trail affords
perspectives from both sides of the battlefront, and leads travelers to the Kings Mountain monument.
Special events throughout the year include encampments of living history interpreters, weapons firing
demonstrations, lantern light tours, Junior Ranger Days, and battle anniversary activities on October
7th. The park offers picnic areas, hiking trails, equestrian trails, and bird watching opportunities.
cowpens national Battlefield
4001 Chesnee Highway, Gaffney, SC
Ph:
864-461-2828
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In January of 1781, Patriot forces gained a critical victory over the British army the Battle of Cowpens.
This National Battlefield includes a monument to the men who fought here. Visitors can view a film
about the battle, explore historic artifacts in the museum, tour the battlefield, and shop for gifts and
souvenirs. Special events throughout the year include encampments of living history interpreters,
weapons firing demonstrations, lantern light tours, a scholarly lecture series, and Junior Ranger Days.
The anniversary of the battle is commemorated each January17th. Annually, on the weekend closest
to July 4, the park staff hostsThe Celebration of Freedom. Visitors can enjoy RevolutionaryWar
Weekend activities during the first weekend in October. The park is also available for nature trail
walks, jogging, picnics, bike riding and bird watching.
col. James Williams
210 N Limestone Street
Col. JamesWilliams led a detachment of Patriots in the Battle of Kings Mountain. He was the
highest ranking Patriot officer killed in that battle. Initially buried in a shallow grave near the
battlefield,Williams’ remains were later interred in the City of Gaffney, on property adjacent to
the OvermountainVictoryTrail. A historic marker at the site pays tribute to his valor and contribution
to the fight for independence.
limestone springs Memorial
Three British soldiers, who were wounded in the Battle of Cowpens in 1781, were brought to
Limestone Springs for care. These unknown soldiers perished and were buried in unmarked
graves. A memorial, which includes a marker and fountain, is now located at their gravesites in
Limestone Springs on the Limestone College campus. This is the only known final resting place
of any of the fallen from the Battle of Cowpens.
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• Phone 864-487-6244 • Fax 864-487-8528
RevolutionaryWarHistory
The City of Gaffney is the county seat of Cherokee County,
which includes three
national park areas. Each preserves stories of colonial life in the Upcountry and the quest
for national independence. The parks provide educational experiences and recreational
activities at no charge to the public. The Gaffney Visitors Center offers free maps and
guides to the national parks and other local RevolutionaryWar points of interest.
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