• Aerial View of the Star Fort by William A. Bake

    Ninety Six

    National Historic Site South Carolina

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  • NEW OPERATING HOURS

    Effective 9.29.13: Visitor Center is CLOSED Mondays & Tuesdays. Wednesdays - Sundays, the Visitor Center will be OPEN 9 AM - 4 PM. Star Fort Pond is CLOSED 9 AM Sundays – 9 AM Tuesdays. Park grounds open dawn to dusk. Gates lock at 5 PM.

Frequently Asked Questions

How did Ninety Six get it's name?

There are several legends surrounding how Ninety Six got its name. One romanticized legend revolves around an Indian named Cateechee. She supposedly learned of an Indian attack & rode to warn her British boyfriend. As she traveled she named the streams & found her boyfriend at a trading post at the 96th stream. This supposedly happened in 1760 during the Cherokee War, but we have historic evidence that in 1730 George Hunter, who was the Surveyor General, made a map that marked the area as Ninety Six. The area was believed to be 96 miles from the lower Cherokee Indian town of Keowee (near where Clemson, SC is today).

Are dogs allowed in the Park?

Yes, as long as they are on a leash & under control at all times.

Do you have reenactments?

We have Living History events, not battle reenactments. See Special events for more information.

Do you allow camping in the Park?

No, but Lake Greenwood State Park is nearby. See Lodging for more information.

How long does it take to walk the Historic trail?

The trail is 1 mile in length & it usually takes visitors 30 to 45 minutes to walk the trail depending on how many signs they stop and read along the way.

What should I do if I have trouble walking? Can I still enjoy the trail?

Yes. We recommend visitors that might have trouble walking, walk the trail backwards. You would start the trail in front of the cabin and end by the Visitor Center. This way visitors go down our biggest hill. There are two small hills along the trail. Benches are along the entire trail to rest and a wheelchair is available in the Visitor Center.

Where are the soldiers buried?

We don't know. Every Ranger has their own ideas, but so far archeological digs haven't revealed exactly where soldiers from either side are buried. We do have two known graveyards within the Park. Patriot James Mayson & his wife are buried along Hwy 248 near the Daughters of the American Revolution monument. Along the Gouedy Trail there is the grave of Robert Gouedy's son, James Gouedy, and a graveyard of about 50 unknown people.

Do you have a list of participants in the battles?

We have an incomplete list in the Visitor Center. Just ask one of the Rangers on duty.

Did You Know?

Kosciuszko Mine 1

Ninety Six is home to the remnants of the only military mine attempted during the American Revolution. Chief Engineer, Thaddeus Kosciuszko supervised the construction. It still exists today but is not physically accessible.