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96 Musings will contain short articles or other information focusing on the history and nature found at Ninety Six National Historic Site written by staff and volunteers.

The Start of Summer - The Solstice

June 20, 2014 Posted by: Ranger Tim

As each day comes to a close we will start losing a little more daylight after June 21, 2014 (this year June 20) the official first day of summer and the longest day of the calendar year. The word “solstice” is derived from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still) – therefore solstice means “sun standing.”


The Forest in Winter

December 21, 2013 Posted by: Tim Cruze

Exploring the Forest in Winter.


Signs of Spring

April 26, 2014 Posted by: Tim Cruze

Signs of Spring & the Spring Beauty


Cherokee Lifestyles and Town Structure

August 09, 2012 Posted by: VIP / Intern Brooke

Learn about the lifestyles and town structure of Cherokee


A Tangled Web of Conflict, Blood, and Peace: Cherokee Attacks on Fort Ninety Six

July 18, 2012 Posted by: VIP / Intern Brooke

Trespassing and encroachment are two actions that can bring about much anger and territoriality. In the mid-18th century South Carolina backcountry, Native American tribes, namely the Cherokee, displayed much anger as colonists moved near and on to Indian lands to create settlements. Backcountry colonization, tension and misunderstanding constructed a web of death, blood revenge, and pacification between settlers and Cherokees. Fear escalated in the years leading up to 1760 when two Cherokee war parties attacked the small backcountry defense, Fort Ninety Six, along the Cherokee Path.


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