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The History & Archaeology of Fort Motte

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 9:00am until 5:00pm

This new traveling exhibit, developed by the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, examines the 1781 siege of Fort Motte, the excavation of the site and the artifacts uncovered. Fort Motte, in present Calhoun County, South Carolina, was a Revolutionary War British outpost. The fort consisted of the Rebecca Motte plantation house, surrounded by a heavy, palisaded earthwork parapet and ditch. In May, 1781, an American force under Francis Marion and Henry “Lighthorse Harry” Lee lay siege to the fort, and the British garrison of 184 men surrendered after resisting for seven days. With 13 dynamic panels and 12 incredibly reproduced objects, the exhibit features a variety of American and British artifacts, including weapon fragments, ammunition, pottery, buttons, coins, arrowheads and more. Guests will also learn how the fort’s capture was a significant episode leading to the beginning of the end of the British occupation of South Carolina during the American Revolution.  For more information, visit the wevbsite here.  Free admission.

Location Details:

1314 Broad St.
Camden, SC 29020
(803) 425-6050

Found here is a treasure trove of artifacts that encourage visitors to discover history, depth  and diversity of the region’s culture. The museum’s exhibits relate the stories of centuries past, while its archives is one of the state’s premier genealogical research facilities with material covering South Carolina and the Southeast. No paid researchers, but staff will do simple searches for a small fee. No admission fee. Open Mon-Fri: 8 am-5 pm, and Sat: 10 am-4 pm.