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.
The traveling trunk Lives of Backcountry Children is now available. For more information, download the curriculum by clicking the link.
Additional Lesson Plans that cover the NPS, backcountry living, The Revolution and The Southern Campaign. You may also find the downloadable PDF lesson plans below helpful:
Field Trip Activities
Also be sure to check out the Star Fort Pond Activities (PDF) which focus on nature and science.
Lesson Plans and Activities
The lesson plans and activities are as follows, in PDF:
A Ranger Visits the Class: A Ranger will come to the classroom to speak about the history of Ninety Six and the battles that were fought.
Andrew Pickens: Students will understand the partisan warfare of Andrew Pickens who was a key leader of the American Revolution through the use of maps, historical literature, and videos.
Living History Day: Students will step back in time to experience the everyday life of a soldier and colonist during the Revolutionary War era.
South Carolina Revolutionary Battles: Students will research major Revolutionary War battles that took place in South Carolina and create news report presentations.
Star Fort: This lesson will present information on the Siege of Ninety Six and the importance this siege had on the American Revolution. The lesson will also focus on the relationships between the citizens of the South Carolina Backcountry and the struggle between the loyalist and patriots.
In 2007, the National Park Service published "Honored Places: The National Park Service Teacher's Guide to the American Revolution." It's available for download here. The Guide provides five lesson plans and the site also lists other National Park areas that have curriculum-based materials.
Visit the National Park Service official American Revolution website. Here you can find all sorts of educational resources such as a timeline of events, the Revolutionary War day by day, Revolutionary stories, people, places, and links. Click this link: The American Revolution, Lighting Freedom's Flame.
Teaching with Museum Collections
Did You Know?
Much of the construction of the fortifications at Ninety Six was done by 200 African American slaves.