NEW OPERATING HOURS AND CLOSURES
Effective 3.10.13 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Visitor Center is CLOSED Wednesdays & Thursdays. Fridays - Tuesdays, the Visitor Center will be open 10 AM - 4 PM. Star Fort Pond is CLOSED 9 AM Sundays – 9 AM Tuesdays.
Star Fort Pond Dam Repairs
Until Pond Dam Repairs are completed the following restrictions apply: No boats allowed in pond; No traffic allowed across the dam, including walking; No fishing on the dam; No admittance beyond construction fencing. Fishing is allowed on designated days.
Lt Colonel John Harris Cruger
Robert Wilson oil painting, 1978
Born: 1738, New York City
Died: June 2, 1807 London, Eng.
Buried: London, England
At Ninety Six:
● 43 years old
● Early August 1780: Became Loyalist commander at Ninety Six.
● Fall 1780: Fortified Town & Stockade.
● December 1780- Early 1781: Had Star Fort built.
May 22- June 19, 1781:
● Commander of about 550 Loyalists from New York, New Jersey, & South Carolina.
● June 3: Refused to surrender to Greene.
● June 13: Learned that British reinforcements were coming.
● June 21- Early July 1781: Burned town of Ninety Six, destroyed supplies, and then left Ninety Six to the backcountry Patriots.
There are no recognized paintings of Cruger. This painting was done from paintings and pictures of Cruger's known relatives. Cruger's red coat signifies his allegiance to the British/ Loyalist side of the Revolutionary War.
Did You Know?
The Revolutionary War in the South Carolina Backcountry was a civil war. Neighbor fought neighbor & family member fought family member. The Ninety Six District was no exception that is one of the reasons Ninety Six National Historic Site has two Revolutionary War battles on its grounds.