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General Francis Marion,  Fort Watson, Battle of Wyboo Swamp, Swamp Fox,  Francis Marion Trail   Swamp Fox Murals

Revolutionary War Francis Marion Living History Encampment in Clarendon County, SC  www.francismarioncountry.com

Revolutionary War History in Clarendon County, SC  www.francismariontrail.com  

Francis Marion Symposium:  www.francismarionsymposium.com       Swamp Fox Murals: www.swampfoxtrail.com

Celebrate General Francis Marion Rev. War Living History Encampment for
General Francis Marion Memorial Day on 27 February every year.

 Francis Marion Living History Encampment February 20-22, 2014 at Camp Bob Cooper

Students from 21 classes celebrate Francis Marion and Rev. History.

Photos of Encampments (below) show re-enactor stations, with new photos of this year.

Grateful appreciation to our sponsors for 2014:    

Manning Rotary Club
 Matching Grant from Rotary District 7770 Foundation

Summerton Rotary Club

  G & C Summers

  W & D Turbeville

Francis Marion Symposium Donations

G Kinzer & P Reilly

Lamar's Country Corner

Nell Black

Karen MacNutt
John Mathis

Clay Clark

"Like" on Facebook: Francis Marion Living History Encampment

Thanks Clarendon Citizen:  Article about the Francis Marion Living History Encampment.

Biggest Thank You to all the re-enactors for the huge success - 2014

Thank you to the Clarendon Citizen:

 http://www.clarendoncitizen.com/article/elusive-swamp-fox-showcased-encampment Great coverage

Over 600 students & adults participated in Rev. history Thursday & Friday.

Saturday Visitors came from Alcolu, Beaufort, Beech Mountain, NC, Bloomville, Bluffton, Charlotte, Columbia, Elloree, Florence, Greenville, Hartsville, Lexington,

Manning, Maysville, Myrtle Beach, North Augusta, Pawley's Island, Saluda, St George, Summerton, Sumter and more.

We are pleased with the participation.

Re-enactor came from Boston, MA, Bristol, TN,  Columbia, Fayetteville, NC, Florence, Iron Station NC, Manning, Rock Hill, Summerton, Sumter, Turbeville, Walterboro   Best one ever!

Friday, February 21, 2014 

6:15 pm Lantern walks – Spy on History through the swamp-side forest.

Dress warmly. Walks leave every 10 minutes from 6:15 to 8 PM.  Meet beside the Gym.

                                         Thanks to SueB for the great photos.                                              

Colonial Activities    Saturday, Feb 22:  9 AM – 3 PM

Hands-on activities for families & children.  Demos through-out.

Site: Camp Bob Cooper, South end of Rickenbaker Road

Remember the Lantern Walk: Spy on History:

Friday, 21 Feb., 2014, 6:15 - 8 PM: Tour through the forest with a guide to visit History Vignettes.

A Memorial to Battle of Wyboo Swamp and General Francis Marion and

 Wreath-laying by SAR, DAR, and CAR chapters is Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at 1PM.

Ceremony sponsored by Elizabeth Peyre Richardson Manning DAR.

All are invited.

For 2014 Design/layout of the field of  History stations with students starting Feb. 20

Field lay-out:

 

18)  Colonial Cooking + Sweet Potato Story: Bea + Kay

Goalpost

7) Medical Surgeon  + Eutaw Sp: Sharon +  Marg + Bucky


6) Colonial Games + Sweet Potato Story: Bob + DonF




19) Flintlocks & Horns

  + Palmetto Ft: Dick + Doug


17)  Marion Stories + Eutaw Springs: KarenM + KarenR


8) Quill writing + Ox Swamp:   Nancy + Carrie


5) Musket Drill + Tearcoat :

         Greg + Larry + Mickey




20) 'Hawk Throwing + Tearcoat: Jim + DonE-Th


16) Colonial Crafts + Eliza Lucas Pinckney: Pat+ Angie + KayKr


9) Crime & Punishment - Civ. Half-Way Swamp: Helen  + DianneC


4) Indigo & Natural Dyes + Eliza Lucas P:  Peggy + Jean




21) Ft Watson & Maham Tower:  John + Constance


15)  History Clothes & Looms + Ft Motte: Mel + Sandy +Helene-Th


10) Points & Old Pots

 + Wyboo Swamp: Jim + Ted

           + SueC


3) Hessian - Surveying  + Palmetto Ft:  TomT + June




22) Flintlocks & Firestarter + Ox Swamp:  Frank +  Brenda

 

14) Mil. Crime & Punishment + Half-Way Swamp: Mikey +Jeanie


11) Textiles, Spinning, Weaving + Ft Motte: JanT

      + Rosemary


2) Kings Mt. Militia, Weapons & Gear +  Ft Watson:  Ricky +Angie




23) Beekeeper & Candles

    + 1st Flag: Ken + Donna


13) Hessian Militia Firearms + Nelson Ferry: Bryan + Ursula


12) Bees & Candles  + 1st Flag: Larry + Carole


1) Hessian-Jaeger Camp, Firestarter + Nelson's Ferry: Jim + Charlotte




24) History w/ Animals + Ball's Horse:  Teena + Lucy + Nanci + Kesie               near Corral >

1st Column start line- Diane

2nd Column start line-Constance

Goalpost 

3rd Column start line-John

4th Column start line-NancyC

< Cafeteria, Lunch, Fife Music & Wyboo


Entry Port


Gym & toilets -\/

 

February 22-23, 2013 Encampment  -  Schedule modified due to weather;

stations are in the gym and auditorium; worked out better than ever.

Grateful appreciation to our sponsors for 2013:    

Manning Rotary Club
 Matching Grant from Rotary District 7770 Foundation

Summerton Rotary Club

  G & C Summers

  W & D Turbeville

Francis Marion Symposium Donations

Clay Clark

Lamar's Country Corner

G Kinzer & P Reilly    

 Before the next encampment, come & tour: "Clarendon County Tour" app will tell and show you

these sites and markers; download here or at Google Play apps Store.  This is your walking and talking tour of the historic markers & sites

   Or tour at home & pick the site to visit in Clarendon County, South Carolina

 

Thank you Sharron & The Item for great FMLH article:

http://www.theitem.com/clarendon_sun/francis-marion-comes-to-life-for-students/article_69b96c04-dd63-51d8-9db6-56d934923bd2.html

2013 new photos below:

Thanks for photos to Sue B & Kay P.

Site:  RM Cooper 4-H Leadership  (Camp Bob Cooper),   8001 Rickenbaker Road,  Summerton, SC 29148

Friday, February 22, 2013 

6:30 pm Lantern walks – Spy on History through the swamp-side forest. (Dress warmly)

 One-two presentation at 6:15 to 7 PM. Visit History vignettes, in the Gym. 

Colonial Activities

Saturday, Feb 23:  9:00 – 2:00 PM

Hands-on activities for families & children.  Changes are possible.

         Home-schoolers & all students are welcome to participate

on Friday evening and Saturday, and it's FREE.

Thanks to the folks who came & participated from Charleston, Havelock, NC, Hilton Head,

Manning, Orangeburg, Summerton, Sumter, Westminster and more.

 9:00 AM Open &  in the Gym -  Modified by weather
 9:30 Stations as possible in the gym
12:00 noon

 Memorial to Battle of Wyboo Swamp

 Wreath-laying by SAR, DAR, and CAR chapters - Indoors in the Gym

 2:00 Closing

 

Find us on Facebook:   http://www.facebook.com/pages/Francis-Marion-Living-History-Encampment/

Remember the Lantern Walk: Spy on History: Friday, 22 Feb., 2013, 6:15 - 8 PM: History vignettes

For 2013 Design/layout of the field of
 History stations with students Feb. 21

 

 

18) Colonial Cooking + Sweet

     Potato Story: Dorothy + Bea

Goalpost

7) Medical Surgeon  + Eutaw Sp:

             Sharon +  Marg


6) Colonial Games + Sweet Potato

        Story: Chuck + Bob + Don




19) Cannon Drill -

   + Palmetto Ft: Dick + Al


17)  Medical-Surgeon  + Eutaw

       Springs: Patrice + Bucky


8) Quill writing + Ox Swamp:

          Nancy + Wanda


5) Musket Drill + Tearcoat :

         Greg + Larry + Sidney




20) 'Hawk Throwing

     +  Tearcoat: Jim + Jack


16) Colonial Crafts + Eliza Lucas

       Pinckney: Pat + Angie + Lulie


9) Crime & Punishment - Civ.

 + Half-Way Swamp: Helen +Winston


4) Indigo & Natural Dyes + Eliza Lucas

    P:  Peggy + Jean + Willie




21) Ft Watson & Maham Tower:

          John + Wright


15)  History Clothes & Looms

      + Ft Motte: Mel + Sandy


10) Points & Old Pots

   + Wyboo Swamp: Jim + Ted


3) Hessian - Edged Weapons 

     + Palmetto Ft:  Justin + Jean




22)  Black Powder Flintlock & Firestarter + OxSwamp: Frank + Sue + Brenda

 

14) Crime & Punishment - Mil.

   + Half-Way Swamp: Mikey + Helene


11) Textiles/Sewing & Lap Loom + Ft Motte:  Shana + Mary +Ronda+ Randi


2) Jacks Creek Militia, Weapons & Gear +  Ft Watson:  Ricky +Johnny




23) Beekeeper & Candles

    +  1st Flag: Ken + Kay


13)Hessian Militia Firearms + Nelson

        Ferry: Bryan + Ursula


12) Bees & Candles

    + 1st Flag:  Carole+ Trisha


1) Marion story-teller  +  Nelson's Ferry:

           Karen + Constance




24) History w/ Animals + Ball's Horse:

   Carrie + Nanci + Will + Teena    Corral >

1st Column start line-Wright

2nd Column start line-Dorothy

Goalpost 

3rd Column start line-John

4th Column start line-Nancy

< Cafeteria, Lunch, Fife Music & Wyboo


Entry Port


Gym & toilets -\/

 

Best one ever: February 24-25, 2012 Encampment

On Saturday: Visitors came from Bluffton, Camden, Canada, Columbia, Conway, Florence, Ft Mill, Irmo,

Johnsonville, Kingstree, Ladson, Lake City, Laurenburg, Lexington, Manning, Myrtle Beach, N. Santee,

St George, Summerton, Summerville, Sumter and more. We're extremely pleased with over 800 participants.

Grateful appreciation to our sponsors for 2012:    

Manning Rotary Club
 Matching Grant from Rotary District 7770 Foundation

Summerton Rotary Club

  G & C Summers

  W & D Turbeville
     Turbeville Ruritan Club
   

 These sponsorships and our many re-enactors provide our 3rd graders

with this American Revolution experience in 2012.

 

Eliza Lucas Pinckney and Indigo in South Carolina By Susan F. Craft

Thank you Clarendon Citizen for FMLH Photos & videos:

http://www.clarendoncitizen.com/article/francis-marion-living-history-takes-students-18th-century

FMLH videos, Thanks, Jack: A:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyeTEzqtrXI&list=LLfjVeyFvNt8PXTDYhSZHblg&index=1&feature=plpp_video

B:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6pHQdQ0k9E

Thanks, Sue B, for the great photos.

February 24-25, 2012: 11th Francis Marion Living History,  Victory along the Santee River
The General Francis Marion Days Living History Lantern Walk: Spy on History: Friday, 24 Feb., 2012, 6:15 - 8 PM: History vignettes

   Saturday, February 25, 2012 9 AM - 3 PM period craftsmen and women expertly demonstrate their primitive skills and many hands on activities for enthusiasts.
Barber/Surgeon;  Blacksmithing; Candle Maker; Crime & Punishment;   Indian Lore; ‘Hawk thrower; History Story Teller; History Clothing; Indigo and Natural Dyes; Marching and Cannon Drills; Marion Militiaman; Primitive Camp Life; Quill Writing; Quilts; Textiles & Weaving; Black Powder Gun Making; Hesse Jaeger Korp; Ft Watson & Maham Tower; McCottry's Rifleman, Old Pottery and Points; Rev. Era Games; Cannon and muskets may be fired.
 Our Society brings Backcountry days to life, to learn and to remember our great local heroes, white, black and red, men and women, who rode with Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox.

The Clarendon Citizen press coverage 2-17-2012:

http://www.clarendoncitizen.com/article/history-will-come-alive-clarendon-third-graders

   Directions to Camp Bob Cooper: Between Manning & Summerton on I-95 Exit 115:
  From I-95 Exit 115 - if coming from the North:
   Turn South on US 301 / Alex Harvin Highway pass Georgio’s
      (JW Carter Rd is about 1 mile South towards Summerton)
   Turn South / Left  on  Rev. JW Carter / S-14-14 Road, go over I-95
   At Davis Station
   Turn West / Right  on  Moses Dingle / S-14-25 Road
      (Only one block to left turn, past a store on left)
   Turn South / Left  on  MW Rickenbaker / S-14-64 Road
   Camp Bob Cooper is at the end of the road.

 

If coming from the East, the beach or on US 521:

Enter Manning on US 521.

At 1st  stoplight continue straight on SC 261 to Mill St / SC 260

 At 3rd stoplight, Turn Left / South on Mill St / SC260

Continue south to Jordan about 10 miles

At Jordan, Turn Right / West on Moses Dingle Rd / S-14-25 to Davis Station

Turn Left / South on MW Rickenbaker / S-14-64

Camp Bob Cooper is at the end of the road.

 

From I-95 Exit 108 - if coming from the South:
   Bear Right or South-East onto MG Hemingway, S-102
      At the T, turn Left or East on Bill Davis Rd., S-127
  At stop sign, Davis Crossroads, continue straight
   At Davis Station stop sign,
   Turn Right / South  on  MW Rickenbaker / S-14-64 Road
   Camp Bob Cooper is at the end of the road.

 

J&E Superette is on Rickenbaker Rd & has good hamburgers, etc. on the way.
 Motels are at I-95 Exits 108, 115 & 119

2012 Design/layout of the field of
 history stations for Feb. 23 & 24. Open Saturday, Feb 25 for the Public

 

18) Colonial Stories  & Sweet Potato Story - Dorothy

Goalpost

7) Cannon & Flintlocks

       & Palmetto Ft - Al-Dick


6) Blacksmithing & Eutaw Springs-Gerald




19)Blacksmithing & Eutaw Springs-Bruce-Mick


17) Colonial Crafts - Eliza Lucas

           Pinckney - Pat


8) Sewing/Quilts-Ft Motte-Pat


5) Colonial Games-Stilts-Sweet Potato -Chuck

 


 

20) 'Hawk Throwing & Tearcoat-Jim


16) History Clothes, Wyboo Swamp -Mel


9) Quill writing - Ox Swamp

         -Nancy


4) Muskets, Flintlocks & Tearcoat -Greg


21) Ft Watson-Maham Tower-John

 

15) Naval Weapons &  Crime - HalfWay Swamp -Steven


10) Points/Old Pots

   & Wyboo Swamp - Jim

 

3) Indigo/Natural Dyes & Eliza Lucas P -Peg

 

 

 

22)  Spinning, Looms - Ft Motte-Bev

 

14) Indian Lore-Ox Swamp-Ghost

 

11) Crime & Punishment

    & HalfWay Swamp- Wright

 

2) Marion's Militiaman & Ft Watson -Ricky

 

 

 

23) Barber-Surgeon  & Palmetto Fort

            - Sharon

 

13)HessianMilitia-NelsonFerry-Bryan

 

12) Candle Making

       & 1st Flag -Larry

 

1) Hessian-Jaeger Camp & Nelson's Ferry-Jim

 

 

 

24) Beekeeper, Candles, 1st Flag - Ken

1st Column start line

2nd Column start line

Goalpost 

3rd Column start line

4th Column start line   Corral >

< Cafeteria, Lunch, Fife Music & Wyboo

Entry Port

Gym & toilets -\/

Bus Parking  -  \/

 

Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox,  Marion in miniature

 

 Last Feb. 2011 on Saturday: Visitors came from Bloomville, Bluffton, Charlotte, Cameron, Columbia, Elloree, Florence, Ft Mill, Hartsville, Lexington, Manning, Maysville, Myrtle Beach, St George and more. We're extremely pleased with around 1000 participants. 2011 pictures below.
Best one yet !  General Francis Marion Memorial Day, February 25-26, 2011:  Celebrated,
     10th Revolutionary War Living History:
   Annual Rev. Victory along the Santee River with Francis Marion

 Honor General Francis Marion Memorial Day, which the South Carolina Legislature designated as February 27,
  the Swamp Fox Murals Trail Society sponsors General Francis Marion Days Living History.

The General Francis Marion Days Living History Lantern Walk: Spy on History, is Friday,  25 Feb., 2011, 6:15 - 8 PM: History vignettes

   Saturday, February 26, 2011 9 AM - 3 PM period craftsmen and women expertly demonstrate their primitive skills and many hands on activities for enthusiasts.
Ben Franklin; Barber/Surgeon; New Blacksmithing; Candle Maker; Crime & Punishment; New Felt Making; New Indian Lore; ‘Hawk thrower; Historian & Story Teller; History Clothing; Indigo and Natural Dyes; Marching and Cannon Drills; Primitive Camp Life; Quill Writing; Quilts; Textiles & Weaving; Black Powder Gun Making; Hesse Jaeger Korp; Ft Watson & Maham Tower; McCottry's Rifleman, Old Pottery and Points; Rev. Era Games; Cannon and muskets may be fired.
 
Lantern & water bucket for your lantern walk       Camp open to the public for Friday night Lantern Walk: 6:15 PM & Saturday 9 AM-3 PM

       at Camp Bob Cooper, 8001 MW Rickenbaker Rd, Summerton, SC
                  Free parking & free admission
                         Questions: 803-478-2645,   cell: 803-460-9626  or gcsummers@ftc-i.net

              Feb. 24 & 25, 2011, 3rd graders in Clarendon County participate in this living history encampment.

                      Grateful appreciation to our sponsors for 2011:    

                        Manning Rotary Club
                        Matching Grant from Rotary District 7770 Foundation

                        Summerton Rotary Club

                                                     P Floyd

                                                      L Griffith
                                                       G & C Summers

                                                       W & D Turbeville
                                                       Turbeville Ruritan Club
   
            These sponsorships provide our 3rd graders with this American Revolution
experience without charge in 2011.                      

 

Dr. Franklin shows his experiments

Bea and Dorothy tell storied with dried apples. Crime and Punishment with Hessian help

Nancy teaches quill writing

Construct Maham's tower at Ft Watson

Ghost shares Indian Lore

Margaret and Bev show weaving and spinning

History clothing store is ready

Quilt lady awaits the student sewers

Jaeger Hessian Bryan teaches

The gossip lady teaches crime and punishment

Hessian firestarter and his exact camp

Making felt as done 1000s years ago

So many re-enactors to present Rev history

Ted facinates with old Indian pots and points

2011 Photos by S. Butterfield.and B Brown

2011 Design of the field for students to progress around for
20 minutes at history stations on Feb. 24 & 25. Open Saturday, Feb 26 for the Public Did you miss  this?
  18) Cannon Drill Goalpost   19) Blacksmith
6) Blacksmith     7) Cannon Drill &
     Black Powder
 
  17) Games & Stilts     20) 'Hawk Throwing
5) Musket Drill     8) Quilts & Looms  
  16) Crafts: Felting     21) Crime & Punishment
4) Indigo/Natural Dyes     9) History Clothes  
  15) Ben Franklin     22)  Ft Watson, Maham Tower
3) Marion Storyteller     10) Quillwriting  
  14) Hessian / Indian Lore     23) Spinning & Looms
2) Marion's Militia     11) Points/Old Pots  
1-2) Hessian Crime & Punish 13) Hessian Militia           24) Barber-Surgeon
1) Hessian Camp - Firstarter     12) Candle Making  
1st Column start line 2nd Column start line Goalpost  3rd Column start line  4th Column start line   Corral >
< Cafeteria, lunch, Wyboo   Entry Port   Gym & toilets -\/
Bus Parking  -  \/
    Directions to Camp Bob Cooper: Between Manning & Summerton on I-95 Exit 115:
  From I-95 Exit 115:
   Turn South on US 301 / Alex Harvin Highway pass Georgio’s
      (JW Carter Rd is about 1 mile South towards Summerton)
   Turn South / Left  on  Rev. JW Carter / S-14-14 Road, go over I-95
   At Davis Station
   Turn West / Right  on  Moses Dingle / S-14-25 Road
      (Only one block to left turn, past a store on left)
   Turn South / Left  on  MW Rickenbaker / S-14-64 Road
   Camp Bob Cooper is at the end of the road.
 Motels are at Exits 108, 115 & 119 on I-95
Grateful appreciation to our sponsors for 2010:  
Clarendon Chamber of Commerce, Garland shows drums calls at Wyboo Swamp
James Clyburn Research & Scholarship Foundation,
Manning Rotary Club,
Representative Cathy Harvin,
G & C Summers,
Summerton Rotary Club,
Turbeville Ruritan Club,
Wyboo Women's Club
.  
This program is sponsored in part by   SC Humanities Council helped with a grant

The Humanities Council SC, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage.   
These sponsorships provide our 3rd graders with this American Revolution
experience without charge.
Thanks to all the volunteers for a great success.
General Francis Marion Memorial Day, February 26-27, 2010: 
     9th Revolutionary War Living History:
Public is invited: Rev. History Lantern Walk:
Spy on History, Friday,  26 Feb., 2010,
6:30-8 PM

Students re-enact defending Fort Watson in their red vests.  Saturday, February 27, 2010 9 AM - 3 PM  at Camp Bob Cooper 8001 MW Rickenbaker Rd, Summerton, SC.
 Expect re-enactors & historic interpreters to demonstrate these skills:
 Ben Franklin; New Barber/Surgeon; Candle Maker;
Cartridge Rolling; Crime & punishment;
‘Hawk thrower; Historian & Story Teller; History Clothing;
New
Indigo dyes; Marching and Cannon Drills;
Primitive Camp Life; Primitive Fire Starting; Quill Writing;
New
Quilts; Pottery Making; Soap making;
   Textiles & Weaving; Black Powder Gun Making; Hesse Jaeger Korp;
New Ft Watson & Maham Tower; McCottry's rifleman,
   Old Pottery and Points; Rev. era games; Wooden churns & buckets.
Our Society brings Backcountry days to life, to learn and  remember our great local heroes, white, black and red men and women, who rode with our Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox.
2010 Photo by M. Dukes
Encampment students with Ben Franklin Encampment Cannon Drill with students and George
George, the Militiaman, leading the Cannon drill
and Wright as Dr. Franklin showing Ben's experiments.

2010 Photos by K. Vengerowsky

Thanks for The Item wrap up article:

http://www.theitem.com/csun01/who-was-the-swamp-fox-and-why-do-we-care/article_e0e449f8-1997-52c3-91cf-91c56b6bd94c.html

 

Great Experience  Feb 26-28, 2009 for over 650 potential historians,
 far exceeded our expectations thanks to all the volunteers for the great job
.
3rd graders Comments about the Living History Encampment:
“I really learned a lot about the Revolutionary War. I learned about how you can make fire with a piece of rock… Next I learned how to make a candle… and to make soap…, but it was fun.”
“And it was cool when you shot the gun. But the cannon was the best.”
“We saw Benjiman Franklin.”
“I’ve learned how to start a fire, and the type of stuff people use during the Revolutionary War. I learned that people back them had to make their clothes out of deer skin. I’ve learned a lot more...”
“Thank you for helping us learn about the Revolutionary War and Francis Marion. My favorite two parts were the candle making and the stilt walking...”

Soap makers and Turbeville marching drillers encampment points and ladies
Francis Marion living History Encampment
Re-enactors helped participants enjoy crafts from Rev. Era.
Stocks or pillory were used for punishment 230 years ago.
                Participation from:  School Districts 1, 2 and 3, Clarendon Hall and LMA.

 Participation from re-enactors:
 the Hesse Jaeger Korps, Ben Franklin, Primitive Camp sites, Candle Maker, the Cannon, Firestarter, Bucket & Churn Maker, Gunsmiths, Hand-Made History Clothing, 'Hawk thrower, Hide tanner/Indian trader, Horseshoer, McCottry's rifleman, Old Pottery and Points, Quill writer, Rev. Era Games, Soap Maker, Weavers, Woodjoiner, Marching drill, Crime & punishment (see stocks or pillory) & famous history storyteller Christine Swager. Our Society brings Backcountry days to life to learn and remember our great local heroes, white, black and red men and women, who rode with our Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox.
** Best View of Event ** See what the students (and teachers) enjoyed, thanks to 3rd grade slides of stations demonstrating skills.
 (Need Windows Media Player to see show.)   **
 All weekend, Feb. 28-29, Mar 1, 2008, far exceeded our wildest, expectations thanks to all the volunteers for the great job.
        7th Annual Victory along the Santee River with Francis Marion

 To honor General Francis Marion Memorial Day, which the South Carolina Legislature designated as February 27,
the Swamp Fox Murals Trail Society sponsors General Francis Marion Days Living History.

 Rev. History Lantern Walk: Spy on History, Friday, 29 Feb. 2008, 6-7:30 PM and historical interpreters, primitive skills, crafts and demonstrations
Saturday, March 1, 2008
9 AM - 3 PM are open to the public at Camp Bob Cooper 8001 MW Rickenbaker Rd, Summerton, SC.
The historical interpreter stations, manned by demonstrators in colonial clothing, include: Basket Weaving; Cartridge Making; Clothing; Carolina Indian Trader; Corn Husk Dolls; Iron Pot Cooking Soap; Marching and Cannon Drills; Music; Primitive Camp Life: Primitive Fire Starting; Pottery Making; Quill Writing; Story Telling; Tanning Skins and Hides; Textiles, Looms, Weaving; Woodcarving; Gun Making; and others.

Jack's Creek Militia at Camp  3rd graders in Clarendon County participated in this encampment on February 28 and 29, 2008.
 
Our Society brings Backcountry days to life to learn and remember our great local heroes, white, black and red men and women, who rode with our Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox. The students visit stations throughout the day which demonstrate skills used here in Clarendon County during the Revolutionary War Period. Students and their families can participate at all stations on Saturday.

Students have an opportunity to drill and march as Revolutionary soldiers did; throw 'hawks (tomahawks); and play games of the period.  Re-enactors demonstrate the use of colonials weapons, including the cannon.
 Backcountry woman carding at encampment
Students arrive by school buses to Camp Bob Cooper for the "day", at 9:00 AM and depart at 1:30 PM in order to maintain their bus schedules.
The students have lunch in the Camp Bob Cooper cafeteria.
 Camp Bob Cooper will need $10 per student for the lunch and day’s experience.

Feb 28-29, 2008 Revolutionary War Living History Days for Clarendon 3rd graders
at Camp Bob Cooper: 9 AM to 1:30 PM
Feb 29, 2008  Come to the Revolutonary War History Lantern Walk:
Spy on History: Camp Bob Cooper: 6 PM - 7:30 PM 
March 1 Living History Encampment at Camp Bob Cooper:
Primitive Skills, Crafts & Demonstratons: 9 AM to 3 PM 
 Story tellers at Encampment
Brian describes the Germanic Hessians at Nelson's Ferry    
  backcountry ladies on the lantern walk
gunworkers in an older style
The Hessians are at Nelson's Ferry
Jack's Creek Camp cannon crew at the encampment
Merchant explains money from 1780
Students try out history clothes
ladies show soap making
Carolina Indian Trader  
Francis Marion statue shows honor for Marion Were you here?  Santee National Wildlife Refuge invites you to
 Sweeten your natural experience with a history lesson
Join us for a Celebration of Wildlife and Living History
Saturday, March 24, 2007
,  8:30 AM to 8 PM
and Sunday, March 25, 2007,  9 AM to 3 PM

Wildlife Expo:  Ongoing Both Days:  Wildlife, Refuge & Fisheries Exhibits, 
Fire Management & Prescribed Burning: Savannah Fire Mgt District 
Archery   Casting    River Treasures   Skins and Hides 

Mar 24, Saturday:
  8:30 - 10 AM
   Birding/Nature Tour: Josh Arrants
Kids made and took home animal tracks.
 12:00 - 1:00 PM   Casting Techniques & Contest: Orangeburg National Fish Hatchery
  1:30 - 2:30 PM    Wildlife Signs & Animal Track Making (for kids): Lauren Billodeaux
 Mar 25, Sunday:
   9 - 10:30 AM
   Birding/Nature Tour: Josh Arrants
  11:00 - Noon   Birds of Prey/Animal Rescue: Sara & Sam Seashole
  12:30 - 1:30 PM  Practical & Medicinal Uses of Native Plants during the Colonial Period: Dr. John Logue
   2:00 - 3:00 PM   Wetlands Explorations:  Kay McCutcheon

6th Annual Victory at Fort Watson:
At Santee Indian Mound: 
Revolutionary War period demonstrations: Ongoing Both Days: Camp life, Primitive skills demos, Colonial games, Firestarting, Weaving, Music, Militia displays, 'Hawk throwing, Local Clay, Coil & Pinch Pottery, Cooking, Blackpowder Guns, Blacksmithing, Broom Making, Soap Making, Woodworking
Blacksmith Mo gave lessons in blacksmithing Saturday: Rev. War author Christine Swager
                 10 AM: The Fort Watson Story
                   1 PM: Marion & Lee, The Odd Couple
Saturday NoonDAR/SAR Memorials/Ceremony
Saturday Starting at 6 PM: Lantern History Walks for Time Travelers
Sunday 11 AM: Rev. War author Christine Swager: The Fort Watson Story
Sunday 1 PM: Special Performance by the USAF Heritage Aire Celtic Music Ensemble
 
      Fort Watson was the only British fort built on an Indian Mound,
      the first British fort taken by General Francis Marion's Patriots,
     and Colonel "Light Horse" Harry Lee's Legion and the first to use Maham's tower for victory, April 23, 1781. USAF Heritage Celtic Ensemble by the Mound and lake March 25, 2007


   Bring your lawn chair and enjoy.
Sunday afternoon: Special Performance by the USAF Heritage Aire Celtic Music Ensemble
Help us celebrate the gifts of nature protected by Santee National Wildlife Refuge so that we can re-discover our connections to the natural world much as our ancestors did during the American Revolutionary War era.

Hosted by Friends of Santee National Wildlife Refuge,
Santee National Wildlife Refuge and
Swamp Fox Murals Trail Society

   Location: Santee National Wildlife Refuge:
 South of Summerton, SC, I-95, Exit 102, US 15/301, Fort Watson Road
For questions, contact: Santee NW Refuge: 803-478-2217
or G Summers: 803-478-2645 or email gcsummers@ftc-i.net
       Bring your lawn chair and enjoy, March 24 and 25, 2007.
         Visit Friends of Santee National Wildlife Refuge directly.

Were you here:  
Fort Watson and Santee Indian Mound.
General Francis Marion and Lt. Col. Harry Lee were here in 1781.
 Santee National Wildlife Refuge,   I-95, Exit 102, US 15/301, North Santee, SC
May 6, 2006, 9 AM to 4 PM
Celebration of International Migratory Bird Day & Victory at Fort Watson
225th Commemoration & Recognition of Victories of Fort Watson
A great time for you to discover living history
Wildlife Expo & Revolutionary War , Battle Re-enactments & Encampment
Participate with Re-enactments, Nature Walks, Period Crafters, History Rides.
 Santee National Wildlife Refuge

Did you enjoy this fun?   May 6, 2006  9 AM to  4 PM
All day: Guided History wagon trip to Indian Mound/Battlefield: Depart Visitor Center
All day: Guided Bird & Nature trips: First Guided Bird Ride/Walk with Josh Arrants
All day: Exhibits: "SC Refuges"
  Orangeburg Fish Hatchery Exhibit / Casting contest  
 All day:  Reptiles:  Kevin Messinger introduces snakes, assisted by Q.
All day: Living History:  Craftsmen, Domestic Lifeways, Cooking
Nature Experience: Scavenger hunt & track making with Kay
 Living History: Christine Swager Talks:  The Swamp Fox Story
  All Day: Colonial Children’s games: archery, bayonet spearing skills, 'hawk throwing, stilt walking, musket drill
Cannon demonstration
Tactical Demonstration: Reenactment of the 1st Battle of Fort Watson with defeat of Thomas Sumter
Small arms/black powder
  Living History: Christine Swager Talk: Where & Why the British Lost the War
Memorial march before Marion stone

Memorial presentations of honor by SAR & DAR representatives at
Francis Marion Monument
Memorial Ceremony:
Scott’s Branch HS JrROTC Color Guard
and II SC Re-enactors
(Photo by EW 2006)

Re-enactors fire from Fort Watson in 2006


Tactical Demonstration:
Reenactment of the
Victory at Fort Watson
(Photo by Jarvis,
Manning Times)
  Gunsmiths, Lace-making, Open-fire Cooking, Weaving, Horn Baskets by Carolyn, Blacksmithing, Woodworking, Musket firing, Cannon firing, Music and many other activities. People are invited to play 18th century games and share Camp life. Wildlife and Nature Expo includes Guided nature walks/talks, wildlife exhibits & more. 
Scheduled Events times approximate.
Margaret showing weaving  Dr. Christine Swager autographing her Rev. books / Patrick O'Kelley autographing his Rev. Books / Rev. CookBooks / Hand-Made Shawls & Horn Baskets & Crafts / Tricorne Hats / Bonnets / Mob Caps / Flags / Pins / Refuge & Town Murals Bookmarks
Food Concessions by Santee Refuge Friends 
& Swamp Fox Murals Trail Society  
* Free Admission *   * Free Parking *

    * Food concession available *
  Santee National Wildlife Refuge    Historic Santee Indian Mound   
     Site of Historic Fort Watson 

 South of Summerton. SC 29148  803-478-2217 * I-95 / Exit 102, US 301
 (Photo by EW 2006)
   Thank you to all the volunteers:
  Friends of the Santee National Wildlife Refuge
  Santee National Wildlife Refuge Staff
  Swamp Fox Murals Trail Society
  Clarendon Hall  and their trailers

   2nd SC Continental Line Re-enactors
  Jack's Creek Militia & Gun Makers
  Wildlife Exhibitors,  Musicians and Crafters
  Scott's Branch High School Jr. ROTC Color Guard
   Backcountry Volunteers  for making this event possible
 Special Thanks to our Corporate Sponsors:
 IGA - Manning,  Hickory Springs Water LLC, Santee Cooper

To commemorate the 225th anniversary of the Battles of 1781, especially:
    First Battle of Fort Watson   -   March 1, 1781
    Battle of Wyboo Swamp   -  March 6, 1781
    Bridges Campaign with Mount Hope Harassment  -  March 10-28, 1781
    Siege and Victory at Fort Watson   -  April 16-23, 1781

   Victory at  Fort Motte  -  May 6, 1781
     Both Victories of Fort Watson & Fort Motte were commanded by Marion and Lee.
Victory at Fort Watson provides a glimpse & shares the view of life on the backcountry
frontier of the Santee River and a natural setting for the Wildlife Expo. 
 An opportunity for you to walk where Francis Marion did in 1781.  Re-enactors and volunteers demonstrate Battles and Living History:
I-95, Exit 102, US 15/301, Summerton, SC.
      Sponsored by Friends of Santee NW Refuge & Swamp Fox Murals Trail Society

 

Visit Friends of Santee National Wildlife Refuge directly.
Did you miss this?  A fun time was had by over 650 history buffs:
October 15, 2005 American Revolutionary Living History Encampment & Wildlife Expo

To commemorate the 225th anniversary of the SC Battles of 1780.
       "4th Victory at Fort Watson"
    Victory at Fort Watson provides a glimpse & shares the view of life on the backcountry frontier of the Santee River. 
     Victory at Fort Watson coincides with the Sesquicentennial year long events for Clarendon County and commemorates the 225th anniversary for the 1780 autumn campaigns in St. Marks Parish (Clarendon County), which were: 
  Aug 20-24, 1780:  Battle of Great Savannah or Nelson's Ferry
  Oct 25, 1780:  Battle of Tearcoat
  Nov 7, 1780:  Confrontation at Richbourg's Mill
  Nov 8, 1780:  Chase to Ox Swamp
  Nov, 1780:  Richardson Cemetery & Tarleton
  Dec 12-17, 1780: Battle of Half Way Swamp

   Santee National Wildlife Refuge, I-95, Exit 102, US 15/301, Summerton, SC.

  Sponsored by Friends of Santee NW Refuge & Swamp Fox Murals Trail Society

Francis Marion, 2nd Regt, South Carolina Continental Line re-enactor Ragu

 

 

A great time to discover living history - Did you miss it?.
Revolutionary Encampment & Wildlife Expo 
4th Celebration for the Victory at Fort Watson
To commemorate the 225th anniversary of the Battles of 1780.
Santee National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, October 15, 2005

 

Celebrate a day in history from 1781.
The British built & held Fort Watson, on top of the Santee Indian Mound, near the Santee River. 
Most supplies came by the fort on the King’s Highway from Charleston to Camden.
General Francis Marion was ordered to stop the flow of supplies & burn the boats on the Santee River.  Marion, his militia, Colonel “Light Horse” Harry Lee & Lee's Legion of cavalry & infantry (from Virginia) elected to capture Fort Watson & they needed to wait for a cannon to arrive. The British could hold the fort for a long time with their supplies & access to water from Scott’s Lake. 
Major Maham suggested building a tower to shoot over the fort walls. After gathering saplings for 3 days, they built the tower overnight. 
At dawn the sharpshooters could fire inside the fort. Thus, the British surrendered on April 23, 1781.
Thank you to all the volunteers: 
Friends of the Santee National Wildlife Refuge
Refuge Staff
Swamp Fox Murals Trail Society
Clarendon Hall  & their trailers
Clarendon Archives
Swamp Fox Archers
Backcountry Volunteers 
IGA-Manning,  Coca Cola for making this event possible

Check out:  SCIway - The South Carolina Information Highway


Rev. battle COs make a plan, by their horses.

Look what you missed.
2nd 'Victory at Fort Watson' Encampment was October 18-19, 2003
2nd SC Re-enactors & Wildlife Exhibits
Santee Indian Mound
Santee National Wildlife Refuge
I-95, Exit 102, Summerton, SC

Gunsmiths show their handiwork. Rev. ladies fashions explained

Victory at Fort Watson provides a glimpse (an opportunity for you to walk where

Francis Marion did in 1781) & share the view  of life on the backcountry frontier

of the Santee River. Costumed volunteers and Re-enactors demonstrate

Living History such as: gunsmithing, open-fire cooking and textile production on looms,

blacksmithing, woodworking, pewter working, musket firing and many other activities.

People are invited to play 18th century games and 
share Camp life. Wildlife and Nature Expo includes

Guided nature walks/talks, wildlife exhibits & more.
 Sponsored by
Friends of Santee NW Refuge &
Swamp Fox Murals Trail Society

Sumter High School Hands on History students show survival skills

of Revolutionary Period
during Striped Bass Festival, April, 2002 &

Victory at Fort Watson Encampment, October, 2002.

Francis Marion  history, murals, & sites in Clarendon County, SC

The Swamp Fox Murals Trail Society is a 501(c)(3), non-profit.
For more info or questions, contact:
G Summers: 803-478-2645 or email gcsummers@ftc-i.net
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