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Travel Back in Time At South Carolina’s Midland Sites
Take a tour of South Carolina’s Midland Sites for a fascinating overview of the state’s history. Ninety-Six National Historic Site is located near downtown Columbia. Notable as the first battle in the Revolutionary War fought south of New England, the site covers 1,022 acres. The Visitor Center offers exhibits on how the site got its name and events leading up the battle. Colonial Dorchester State Historical Site in Summerville contains the archaeological remains of Colonial Charleston. See exhibits on the Revolutionary War, try geocaching, or hike nearby trails for incredible bird watching opportunities.
Musgrove Mill State Historic Site in Clinton is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Famous as the site of the Battle of Musgrove Mill during the Revolutionary War, the site is also popular for outdoor recreation. See exhibits at the Visitor Center, then enjoy a relaxing afternoon hiking, viewing Horseshoe Falls, or canoeing on the Entree River.
The Woodrow Wilson Home in Columbia was the home of the 28th president of the United States. Built in 1872, the restored Italian-style villa may be viewed on a guided tour. Explore two acres of gardens and visit nearby Modjeska Monteith Simkins House.
Ninety Six National Historic Site
You'll find a wide range of top sites to see and visit on your next trek through South Carolina. Head towards the central region of the state and check out the Ninety Six National Historic Site. Northwest of downtown Columbia, the Ninety Six National Historic Site was a key site in the Revolutionary War.
Named for the distance between it and town of Keowee, the Ninety Six National Historic Site commemorates the first battle fought south of New England. Covering 1,022 acres of pristine South Carolina land, the Ninety Six National Historic Site features an excellent Visitors Center, open Wednesday through Sunday.
Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site
Opened in 1960, Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site is found within the city of Summerville – a charming and fun destination near the South Carolina coast. Locally known more simply as Colonial Dorchester, the historic site preserves archaeological remains of Colonial Charleston, with dates as far back as the Revolutionary War.
Many visitors to Colonial Dorchester enjoy geocaching with friends, walking the many trails, or stopping to the side for some excellent bird watching. Be sure to explore Fort Dorchester on your visit for even more historical insights. As you explore the sights and sounds of the coast, drive in from Charleston and enjoy the history.
Musgrove Mill State Historic Site
Originally built in 1780, the Musgrove Mill State Historic Site has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1975 as prominent tourist attraction in the upcountry region of South Carolina. The mill became an American, historical gem after it was the site of the Battle of Musgrove Mill – a small conflict taking place during the American Revolution.
Make your way to the visitors center, complete with interpretive exhibits, a memorial, and more information on the surrounding outdoor recreation – a hiking trail, fishing pond, canoe launch on the Enoree River, and Horseshoe Falls, all wonderful options for history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site
Built in 1859, the Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
The plantation was owned and constructed by James Henry Hammond, South Carolina senator, congressman, governor, and cotton planter. The plantation, donated by a descendant of Hammond, now serves as a popular tourist attraction just outside of Columbia.
The plantation delights visitors with its original decor, artifacts, and structure, all representative of 19th century central South Carolina. Guests are encouraged to visit the on-site gift shop located in the mansions basement as well.
Rivers Bridge State Historic Site
Rich with South Carolinian history, Rivers Bridge State Historic Site is the site of one of the Confederacy's last stands against the Union forces during the Civil War – aptly named the Battle of Rivers Bridge. The park was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, becoming delightful tourist attraction for central Carolina visitors.
The Rivers Bridge State Historic Site, located just outside of Walterboro, is the only preserved Civil War battlefield in the South Carolina State Parks system. Take the three-quarters of a mile walking tour traversing the grounds, complete with detailed panels or guided by rangers, and experience the history. The park also has picnic shelters, biking accommodations, and is pet-friendly.
Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site
Originally built in 1832 by South Carolina governor, William H. Gist, the Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site now is dedicated to showcasing the rich history of Civil War era upcountry South Carolina.
The plantation was named a US National Register of Historic Places in 1960 and has been delighting tourists ever since.
Located just outside of Greenville, the plantation stretches over 44 acres of land, featuring many different attractions to behold.
Guests are encouraged to bring a lunch and enjoy the picnic shelter, or explore the one-and-one-quarter mile nature trail that runs throughout the park as well.
South Carolina State House
A U.S. National Historic Landmark found on the National Register of Historic Places, the South Carolina State House serves as the state capitol in Columbia in central South Carolina. Constructed in Greek Revival style in 1855, the SC State House houses the state government and many a visitor.
Travelers can head to Gervais and Main streets for tours of the South Carolina State House. Tours start with a 15-minute film on the history and architectural background of the structure, followed by a guided stroll.
Woodrow Wilson Family Home
The family home of the 28th President of The United States, Woodrow Wilson, sits as one of Columbia’s most notable historic sites. Constructed in 1872, the home features just under two acres of gardens including both vegetable and flowerbeds. The Historic Columbia Foundation has completed the first phase of its restoration of this Italian style villa and is conducting tours of the home in its current state.
The Wilson Family Home is one of only six historic sites in Columbia, South Carolina. The Modjeska Monteith Simkins House, another house in the Upcountry region, has a strong tie to the state’s civil war history as it belonged to what some refer to as the matriarch of civil rights in South Carolina. Each of these sites hold significance to the rich history of both the state and the capital city of Columbia, most notably the Woodrow Wilson Family Home.