Full Solar Eclipse: In the "Path of Totality"

Date & Time
08/21/2017 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Fee Information
Contact Us
e-mail us

On August 21, 2017, Ninety Six National Historical Site (NHS) will host a total solar eclipse viewing program from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Star Fort Pond on Kinard Road off Highway 246. Ninety Six NHS is in "the path of totality", meaning we will have one of the best views of the eclipse on the east coast!

Join us at at Star Fort Pond for a viewing of this rare event. The eclipse will start at 1:10 PM reaching totality between 2:40 and 2:45 PM and lasting for about 2 1/2 minutes. 

The Visitor Center is typically closed on Monday but due to this special ocassion, it will be open from 10 am to 1 pm.

All eclipse activities and the viewing area will be at the Star Fort Pond (see direction below). We will have a variety of family-friendly eclipse and solar system activities for the whole family, including first-come, first-served viewing glasses.

Make your FREE reservation by calling 864-543-4068 or by emailing us. This reservation will help us plan for our event and make sure we have plenty of supplies for all of our activities.

Directions to the Star Fort Pond:

Take Highway 246 south from the Town of Ninety Six. Go about 2 miles and turn to the right onto State Road 27 or Kinard Road. Go about 1/4 of a mile and the lake will be on the right.


Parking at the Pond will be primarily grass parking, with the gravel parking lot reserved for handicap parking. Please follow all posted signage and staff directions as you arrive.

Other Information:

Telescopes will be permitted, however to safely view a solar eclipse through a telescope, you must have a special filter, similar to if you were using a camera to view the eclipse. We advise anyone bringing telescopes to ensure they have this filter. The park is not responsible for the telescopes, therefore, if other visitors approach the telescope to view the eclipse it is up to the owner's discretion. The park is not responsible for any damage to the telescope or other equipment.


Star Fort Pond | Map

12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Fee Information:

Contact Name:
Adrian Stewart

Contact Email:
e-mail us

Contact Phone Number:

Last updated: April 14, 2015

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Ninety Six National Historic Site
1103 Hwy 248

Ninety Six, SC 29666


(864) 543-4068

Contact Us