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History Itinerary

History Itinerary

History lovers have plenty to explore in the Olde English District. Spend a couple of days here and see history come to life.

Begin your day at the Revolutionary War Visitor Center in Camden. Known as the first permanent exhibit of its kind, the center presents a powerful narrative of the Southern Campaign and the brave patriots who fought in it. Admire the iconic statue of local hero Baron DeKalb and browse the powerful exhibits that tell the inspiring story of perseverance. 

History Itinerary
Historic Camden revolutionary war
living history park

Just a short walk from the Visitor Center is the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Living History Park. The 100-acre site preserves the grounds of the British year-long encampment and includes the reconstructed Kershaw House and several other historical structures. Costumed interpreters demonstrate the day-to-day interworkings and discuss the history of the area. 

Take a seat at a local Camden lunch spot. The Loopy Lemon Café serves an eclectic fusion of global and Southern cuisine, while Everyday Gourmet is a staple. The eatery is open for weekday lunch only,  offering fresh soups, sandwiches, salads, and more.  

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The Loopy Lemon Café

A short 45-minute drive north will deliver you to Lancaster County. Here, explore Andrew Jackson State Park, complete with a lake, nature trail, and museum offering Revolutionary War artifacts and legends of the seventh President of the United States. 

Continue to the Native American Studies Center for insight into the role Native Americans had in the area and during the Revolutionary War. Buford’s Massacre Site and the Battle of Hanging Rock are nearby and both notable historical markers of the turning point in the Southern Campaign.

Get a history lesson at the Native American Studies Center in Lancaster.
Native American Studies Center

Visit Great Falls to see the remaining fields from the Battle of Beckhamville, the Battle of Fishdam Ford and the Battle of Fishing Creek. (The three sites have placards to indicate location.) If time allows, head to downtown Chester to visit the Chester County Historical Society Museum in the old 1914 county jail. 

Finish your day with a full belly at Hillside Restaurant & Bar. Signature pizzas, sandwiches and salads will satiate your appetite and prepare you for another fun day ahead. Enjoy a nightcap with a cold brew or glass of wine at Wild Bees Bottleshop, located just down the street.  

Settle in for the night at the Inn Upon Moon River Plantation Blues B&B, a 1904-built, blues-inspired home. A full Southern-inspired breakfast will greet you in the morning along with friendly faces and wonderful conversation. Reservations are required.

Kick off your day with a trip to Historic Brattonsville in McConnells. This 800-acre living history farm showcases more than 30 historic structures and offers an engaging introduction to revolutionary-era backcountry life. Activities include seasonal sheep shearing demonstrations and detailed walkthroughs of key battlegrounds, such as the Battle of Huck’s Defeat site.

Historic Brattonsville
Historic Brattonsville

After a robust morning, there are several spots to grab lunch en route to your next stop. Try the locally sourced menu items at Garden Café or Clover Harvest (open for weekend lunch). Alternatively, opt for a burger and beer at Hoof & Barrel. Coffee lovers can swing by McGill’s Store to grab a cup of the local brew.

Post-lunch, head to Kings Mountain National Military Park, which marks the site of the pivotal Battle of Kings Mountain, a key victory for the Continental Army. Take time to explore the visitor center, which features exhibits about the battlefield, and wander through the tranquil, history-laden trails scattered throughout the park.

Continue your journey at Kings Mountain State Park, just around the corner from the National Military Park. This South Carolina state park offers a plethora of leisure activities, including camping, fishing, hiking, and paddling.  

History Itinerary

As evening draws in, sample York County’s thriving craft beer scene with a visit to one of its many breweries. Options abound with Amor Artis Brewing, Legal Remedy Brewing, Slow Play Brewing, Replay Brewing, and Untamed Waters Brewing, all offering their unique take on locally brewed beer. 

Dinner awaits at any number of choice eateries. Indulge in culinary excellence at Kounter, next to the  “Jail, No Bail” Exhibit, or head to FM Eatery for some delightful small plates. Additionally, The Pump House offers American dishes with views of the Catawba River.

meal from Kounter

Finally, settle in for the night at one of the many comfortable lodgings nearby. Choose from the Cambria Rock Hill, Courtyard by Marriott in Fort Mill, Hilton Garden Inn Rock Hill, or East Main Guest House, a bed and breakfast in the heart of Rock Hill’s historic downtown.

If you’re interested in discovering more about the American Revolution in the Olde English District, listed below is a complete list of battles fought in the region:

Chester County:

  • Battle of Beckhamville – May/June 1780
  • Battle of Fishdam Ford – November 1780
  • Battle of Fishing Creek – August 1780

Kershaw County:

  • Battle of Hobkirk’s Hill – April 1781
  • Battle of Camden – 1780

Lancaster County:

  • Battle of Hanging Rock – August 1780
  • Buford’s Battleground – May 1780

Union County:

  • Blackstock Battlefield – 1780

York County:

  • Kings Mountain – 1780
  • Historic Brattonsville, Battle of Huck’s Defeat – 1780