• 18th century tents are set up in a lane.

    Cowpens

    National Battlefield South Carolina

231st Battle Anniversary Celebration

Reenactors portraying British soldiers prepare to drill.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

9:30 am Ranger-guided battlefield walk. Meet behind the Visitor Center.

10:00 am Wreath-laying by SAR, DAR, and CAR chapters at the 1932 US Monument in front of the Visitor Center, welcome by the National Park Service, followed by procession to the 1856 Washington Light Infantry Monument.

10:30 am Program tent: "A Scary Day for Kate Barry," dramatic performance by Sheila Ingle, author of Courageous Kate, A Daughter of the Revolution, followed by book-signing, Visitor Center.

11:15 am 18th century weapons firing demonstration, behind and to the right of the Visitor Center.

11:30 am Program tent: Genealogy workshop presented by Darlene Dowdy of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

11:30 am Ranger-guided battlefield walk. Meet behind the Visitor Center.

11:45 am 18th century cavalry demonstration, first stop on the battlefield trail.

12:15 pm 18th century weapons firing demonstration, behind and to the right of the Visitor Center.

12:15 pm Guilford Fife & Drum concert at the US Monument, in front of the Visitor Center.

12:30 pm Presentation about Martha Bratton in the program tent by Sheila Ingle author of Fearless Martha, followed by book-signing, Visitor Center.

1:15 pm Program tent: Eric Williams program on 18th Century Medicine.

1:15 pm 18th century weapons firing demonstration, behind and to the right of the Visitor Center.

1:45 pm18th century cavalry demonstration, first stop on the battlefield trail.

2:00 pm Arrival of Morgan's March participants at program tent.

2:15 pm 18th century weapons firing demonstration, behind and to the right of the Visitor Center.

2:30 pm Ranger-guided battlefield walk. Meet behind the Visitor Center.

3:00 pm Guilford Fife & Drum concert in the program tent.

3:15 pm 18th century weapons firing demonstration, behind and to the right of the Visitor Center.

3:45 pm 18th century cavalry demonstration, first stop on the battlefield trail.

4:00 pm Meet the superintendent and announcement of the winning T-shirt design in the program tent.

4:15 pm Ranger-guided battlefield walk. Meet behind the Visitor Center.

4:15 pm 18th century weapons firing demonstration, behind and to the right of the Visitor Center.

5:00 pm Presentation about the cavalry in the American Revolution, first stop on the battlefield trail.

5:30 pm Guilford Fife & Drum concert in the program tent.

6:00 - 7:15 pm Lantern lit walks on the battlefield. (Dress warmly and bring a flashlight.) Walks leave every 15 minutes. Visitors are welcome to cookies and hot cider in the Visitor Center following the walks.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

9:30 am Ranger-guided battlefield walk, and battlefield "concert" by the Guilford Fife & Drum.

10:15 am 18th century weapons firing demonstration, behind and to the right of the Visitor Center.

10:30 am Divine Service (18th century church service).

11:00 am Guilford Fife & Drum concert at the US Monument, in front of the Visitor Center.

11:15 am 18th century weapons firing demonstration, behind and to the right of the Visitor Center.

11:15 am Ranger-guided battlefield walk. Meet behind the Visitor Center.

11:30 am 18th century cavalry demonstration, first stop on the battlefield trail.

11:45 am Program tent: "Come to the Cow Pens" - Dr. Christine Swager's program about the Battle of Cowpens, followed by book-signing, Visitor Center.

12:15 pm 18th century weapons firing demonstration, behind and to the right of the Visitor Center.

12:30 pm Guilford Fife & Drum concert in the program tent.

12:30 pm Ranger-guided battlefield walk. Meet behind the Visitor Center.

1:15 pm Guilford Fife & Drum concert at the US Monument, in front of the Visitor Center.

1:15 pm Non-firing artillery demonstration.

1:30 pm 18th century cavalry demonstration, first stop on the battlefield trail.

1:45 pm Ranger-guided battlefield walk. Meet behind the Visitor Center.

2:00 pm Presentation in the program tent by Joe Epley, author of A Passel of Hate, followed by book-signing, Visitor Center.

2:15 pm Final 18th century weapons firing demonstration, behind and to the right of the Visitor Center.

3:00 pm Dr. Tony Zeiss, author of Backcountry Fury, will present a program on Thomas Young, a Battle of Cowpens participant, in the program tent; followed by book-signing, Visitor Center.

3:15 pm Ranger-guided battlefield walk. Meet behind the Visitor Center.

Both Days

All activities are FREE!

  • Park movie on the hour in the Visitor Center.
  • Books by featured authors are available for purchase in the Visitor Center, or you may bring your own to be signed.
  • Please note that there will NOT be food available for purchase in the park.
  • For your safety and that of the horses, park regulations prohibit visitors from getting within 6 feet of the horses.

Children's Activities-

Saturday: 11:00 - 5:00
Hands -on activities for families in the Children's Tent, behind the Visitor Center. Changes to the following schedule will be posted on the chalkboard outside the Children's Tent.

11:00 Quill pen writing
12:00 Sachet making
1:00 "Tin" punch
2:00 Horn book
3:00 Cartridge rolling
4:00 Whirligigs

Sunday: 10:00 - 3:00

10:00 Spinners
11:00 Flags
12:00 Quill pen writing
1:00 Whirligigs
2:00 Sachets

On the three-quarter hour (Saturday 11:45 - 3:45; Sunday 10:45 - 2:45) Musket drilling with dummy guns.

Did You Know?

climax of the Battle of Cowpens

The Battle of Cowpens, fought by the Americans and British on January 17, 1781, lasted less than an hour.