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Musgrove Mill State Historic, Clinton

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4.5/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web
Musgrove Mill State Historic Site was the site of the Battle of Musgrove Mill, an action in the American Revolutionary War, which occurred on August 19, 1780, near the Enoree River, on what (in the 21st century) is the border between Spartanburg, Laurens, and Union Counties in South Carolina, approximately seven miles from Interstate 26.In the August 1780, a group of 200 Patriot militiamen attempted to strike what they thought was an equal number of Loyalists camped near a ford on the Enoree River. The Loyalists, however, had recently been joined by 300 more, two hundred of them provincial regulars from the British post at Ninety Six, South Carolina. Once discovered, the Patriots were unable to either retreat or make a frontal assault. Instead they took up a position behind logs and brush on a nearby ridge and lured the Loyalists into attacking them. A fierce fight ensued and turned into a near rout for the Loyalists. Nevertheless, when the Patriot militia learned that American forces had been defeated three days before at the Battle of Camden, they also retreated.North Carolina Patriot militia leader Col. Isaac Shelby, campaigning to Musgrove Mill from the area of present-day northeast Tennessee, fought at the Battle of Musgrove Mill with a small force of Overmountain Men. After the battle, Shelby and his Overmountain Men returned over the Appalachia Mountains to the Sycamore Shoals (located at present-day Elizabethton, Tennessee). Shelby was one of the Patriot officers mustering weeks later at Sycamore Shoals on September 25, 1780, in advance of the early October 7, 1780 Battle of Kings Mountain.
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  • Nice, but nothing fancy. Simple southern charm. Good hiking trials. Cute store. Looks like it's made for school children's learning. 
  • Love taking our dog here for walks. Easy walk with history and river side. Have seen fish jumping and deer running. Beautiful place 
  • We stopped here to break up the journey between Hendersonville NC and Columbia. The walk through the woods was lovely and ended at a lake, so still it was like a mirror. The visitor centre was manned ...  read more »
  • The staff is awesome! Want to go back for a reenactment. Horseshoe falls is beautiful!
  • Surprised at how nice this park is! They have several picnic areas and a nice 1 mile trail that goes by the river. Great if you're a history or a nature person. Make sure you check out the battlefield trail and horseshoe falls, you have to drive to another spot to get to it but it's not far, check with the ranger.
  • Definitely a cool mill
  • Great place to explore but beware the snakes.
  • Clean park. Ranger helpful. Insightful educational materials throughout the park and along the hike. Highly recommend.
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