Special Events

Upcoming Events at Cowpens National Battlefield

January 13, 2017 236th Anniversary Celebration offsite

2:30 pm Daniel Morgan Statue, Spartanburg, SC - Sons of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Revolution, and Children of the American Revolution flower presentation ceremony

7:00 pm Spartanburg County Library Headquarders, Spartanburg, SC - Greenville Chautauqua, the Spartanburg County Library System, and the Sons of the American Revolution to present Ken Johnson portraying Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton, British commander at the Battle of Cowpens.

January 14 - 15, 2017 236th Anniversary Celebration onsite

Schedule is subject to change without notice. Click here for a printable schedule.

Saturday, January 14, 2017
10:00 am Wreath-laying by SAR, DAR, and CAR chapters at the 1932 US Monument in front of the Visitor Center, followed by procession to the 1856 Washington Light Infantry Monument.

11:15 am 18th century cavalry demonstration, cavalry demonstration area, behind and to the left of the Visitor Center.

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

11:45 am 18th century weapons firing demonstration, firing range.

12:00 pm Eric Williams 18th Century Medicine, Program Tent

12:45 pm 18th century weapons firing demonstration, firing range.

1:00 pm Donald West, “Blue, Red, and Black: African American and the Revolutionary War” in the Program Tent. Cowpens National Battlefield gratefully acknowledges the South Carolina Humanities, a not-for-profit organization, for sponsoring the program by Donald West. The South Carolina Humanities inspires, engages, and enriches South
Carolinians wiht programs on literature, history, culture, and heritage.

1:15 18th century cavalry demonstration, cavalry demonstration area, behind and to the left of the Visitor Center.

1:30 pm Ranger-guided battlefield walk. Meet behind the Visitor Center.

1:45 pm 18th century weapons firing demonstration, firing range.

2:00 pm Robbie Brown, Kings Mountain and Cowpens: Our Victory Was Complete, Program Tent, followed by book signing in the Visitor Center

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

3:00 pm Washington Light Infantry: program TBD. Program Tent. Followed by a wreath laying at the Washington Light Infantry Monument.

2:45 pm 18th century weapons firing demonstration, firing range.

3:15 pm 18th century cavalry demonstration, cavalry demonstration area, behind and to the left of the Visitor Center.

3:30 pm Ranger-guided battlefield walk. Meet behind the Visitor Center.

3:45 pm 18th century weapons firing demonstration, firing range.

5:00 pm Steve Ricker Backcountry Settlers' Basic Survival Skills, Museum

6:00 - 7:00 pm Lantern walks on the battlefield. Reservations required. (Dress warmly and bring a flashlight.) Walks leave at 6:00, 6:15, 6:30, and 6:45. Meet behind the Visitor Center at your ticketed time. Call 864-461-2828 beginning January 7, from 9:00 - 4:45.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

11:00 am Program tent: Divine Service (18th century church service).

11:15 am 18th century cavalry demonstration, cavalry demonstration area, behind and to the left of the Visitor Center.

11:45 am 18th century weapons firing demonstration, firing range.

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

12:45 pm 18th century weapons firing demonstration, firing range.

1:15 pm Meet Morgan’s March. You have seen history as you roamed the encampments. Now follow the sounds of the fife and drum corps to hear it.

1:30 pm Program tent: Arrival of Morgan’s March participants, led by fife and drum corps.

2:00 pm Joe Epley: A Passel of Trouble, program tent, followed by book signing in the Visitor Center

2:15 pm 18th century cavalry demonstration, cavalry demonstration area, behind and to the left of the Visitor Center.

2:30 pm Interactive guided battlefield walk by Joel Rexford

2:45 pm 18th century weapons firing demonstration, firing range.

3:30 pm Ranger-guided battlefield walk. Meet behind the Visitor
Center.

5:00 pm Visitor Center and park close.

Both Days

Park movie on the hour in the Visitor Center.
All activities are FREE!
Featured authors will be available to sign books in the Visitor Center for an hour following their respective talks.
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 - 4:00; Sunday: 12:00 - 3:00 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.

Saturday Sunday
11:00 Quill pen writing 12:00 Quill pen writing
12:00 Sachets 1:00 Tin Punch
1:00 Tin Punch 2:00 Sachets
2:00 Toss toys
3:00 Cartridge rolling

On the quarter hour (Saturday 11:15 - 3:15; Sunday 12:15 - 2:15) Musket drilling with dummy guns.

January 21 Race for the Grasshopper
For over thirty years, Cowpens National Battlefield has worked with the Spartanburg Running Club to honor the race to capture the two British “grasshopper” cannons at the end of the Battle of Cowpens into an annual competitive 5k run/walk and a 1-mile fun run. This year the fun run will begin at 8:30 am, and the 5k at 9:00. For more information, contact Spartanburg Running Club at http://www.spartanburgrunningclub.com/.

Previous 2016 Events

April 9: Park Day

April 16 - 24: National Park Week

April 16: Find Your Park After Dark - Star Gazing Program 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

April 23: Junior Ranger Day

June 4: Living History Day- 1st Maryland, Southern Campaign encampment (American Continentals) Weapons firing demonstrations at 11:15, 1:45, and 3:15.

June 11: Living History Day- New Acquisition Militia - featuring activities such as sewing, chair caning, rifle making, and weapons firing demos. At 2:30 there will be a talk on "The Year of 1780 - Turning from Uncertainty to Victory".

June 18: Living History Day- SC Rangers (American Militia). Weapons firing demonstrations at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, and 2:30.

August 6: Living History Day- SC Rangers (American Militia). Weapons firing demonstrations at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, and 2:30.

August 13: Find Your Park After Dark - Star Gazing Program

August 25: Founders Day -Join us as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service's founding. You only turn 100 once, so we're going big for the Centennial Celebration: birthday cake, party hats, and pin the tail on the cow! 11:00 - 2:00.

September 10: Living History Day- SC Rangers (American Militia). Weapons firing demonstrations at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, and 2:30.

September 24: Living History Day- 1st Maryland, Southern Campaign encampment (American Continentals) Weapons firing demonstrations at 11:15, 1:45, and 3:15.

October 1 - 2:North Carolina Highland Regiment (71st Highlanders) encampment. Weapons firing demonstrations at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, and 2:30 on Saturday, and 12:30 and 1:30 on Sunday.

October 1-9: Revolutionary War Weekend:A series of Revolutionary War activities at Walnut Grove Plantation, Cowpens National Battlefield, Kings Mountain National Military Park, and Gaffney, SC. Please note:The activities listed on the link above are for each of the sites. Call the specific site for information about activities happening there.
Cowpens National Battlefield Schedule for October 1
10:30 Small arms firing demonstration
11:00 Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail Walk
11:30 Small arms firing demonstration
12:30 Special talk by 71st Highlanders about their unit
12:45 Battlefield walk
1:30 Small arms firing demonstration
2:30 Small arms firing demonstration
2:45 Battlefield walk

Cowpens National Battlefield Schedule for October 2
12:30 Small Arms firing demonstration
1:30 Small Arms firing demonstration

October 6: Outdoor Drama-The Night before Kings MountainOutdoor drama presented by the Overmountain Victory Trail Association depicting the march leading up to the Battle of Kings Mountain.6pm - 7pm. Event is free to the public.

October 22: Living History Day: SC Rangers (American Militia) Weapons firing demonstrations at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, and 2:30.

 

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Mailing Address:

Cowpens National Battlefield
338 New Pleasant Road

Gaffney, SC 29341

Phone:

(864) 461-2828

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