Friends of Santee National
Wildlife Refuge directly.
Celebrate Rev. War Backcountry Living History Encampment for
General Francis Marion Memorial
Day in February 2008.
|The Swamp Fox Murals Trail Society has invited
the 3rd grade students in the schools in Clarendon County to participate
in a Backcountry Living History Day. The South Carolina Legislature has designated
February 27 as General Francis Marion Memorial Day.
Our Society is sponsoring a day to learn and remember our great local heroes,
white men and black men, who rode with our Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox.
The students will visit 8 stations throughout the day which will demonstrate
colonial skills used here in Clarendon County during the Revolutionary War
The stations, manned by demonstrators in colonial clothing, will include:
Clothing and Music; Cooking and Lace Making; Blacksmithing; Tanning Skins
and Hides; Primitive Fire Starting; Story Telling; Soap Making; Pottery
Making; Weaving; Woodcarving and Gun Making; as well as others.
Students will have an opportunity to drill and march as Revolutionary soldiers
did; throw 'hawks (tomahawks); and play games of the period. Re-enactors
will demonstrate the use of colonials weapons, including the cannon.
Students will be transported by school buses to Camp Bob Cooper for the
"day", arriving at 9:00 am and departing at 2:00 pm in order to maintain their
The students will have lunch in the Camp Bob Cooper cafeteria.
Your 3rd graders are invited for Feb 28 or Feb 29, 2008. We will
need to make reservations for the number of students expected to participate.
Camp Bob Cooper will need $10 per student for the lunch and day’s experience.
|Were you here? Santee National Wildlife
Refuge invites you to
by Friends of Santee National Wildlife Refuge,
Sweeten your natural experience with
a history lesson
Join us for a Celebration of Wildlife and
Saturday, March 24, 2007, 8:30 AM to 8 PM
and Sunday, March 25, 2007,
9 AM to 3 PM
Expo: Ongoing Both Days: Wildlife, Refuge & Fisheries
Fire Management & Prescribed
Burning: Savannah Fire Mgt District
Archery Casting River Treasures
Skins and Hides
Mar 24, Saturday:
8:30 - 10 AM Birding/Nature Tour:
12:00 - 1:00 PM Casting Techniques
& Contest: Orangeburg National Fish Hatchery
1:30 - 2:30 PM Wildlife
Signs & Animal Track Making (for kids): Lauren Billodeaux
Mar 25, Sunday:
9 - 10:30 AM Birding/Nature Tour:
11:00 - Noon Birds of Prey/Animal
Rescue: Sara & Sam Seashole
12:30 - 1:30 PM Practical &
Medicinal Uses of Native Plants during the Colonial Period: Dr. John
2:00 - 3:00 PM Wetlands
Explorations: Kay McCutcheon
6th Annual Victory at Fort Watson:
Revolutionary War period demonstrations:
Ongoing Both Days: Camp life, Primitive skills demos,
Colonial games, Firestarting, Weaving, Music, Militia displays, 'Hawk
throwing, Local Clay, Coil & Pinch Pottery, Cooking, Blackpowder Guns, Blacksmithing, Broom Making, Soap Making, Woodworking
Saturday: Rev. War
author Christine Swager
AM: The Fort Watson Story
1 PM: Marion & Lee, The Odd Couple
Saturday Noon: DAR/SAR Memorials/Ceremony
Saturday Starting at 6 PM: Lantern
History Walks for Time Travelers
Sunday 11 AM: Rev. War author Christine
Swager: The Fort Watson Story
Sunday 1 PM: Special Performance by the
USAF Heritage Aire Celtic Music Ensemble
Fort Watson was the only British
fort built on an Indian Mound,
the first British fort taken by General Francis Marion's Patriots,
and Colonel "Light Horse"
Harry Lee's Legion and the first to use Maham's tower for victory,
April 23, 1781.
Bring your lawn chair and
Sunday afternoon: Special Performance by the USAF
Heritage Aire Celtic Music Ensemble
Help us celebrate the gifts of nature protected
by Santee National Wildlife Refuge so that we can re-discover our connections
to the natural world much as our ancestors did during the American Revolutionary
Santee National Wildlife Refuge and
Swamp Fox Murals Trail Society
Location: Santee National Wildlife Refuge:
South of Summerton, SC, I-95, Exit 102,
US 15/301, Fort Watson Road
or G Summers: 803-478-2645 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions, contact: Santee NW Refuge: 803-478-2217
or email email@example.com
Bring your lawn chair and enjoy, March 24 and 25,
Visit Friends of Santee National Wildlife
|Were you here:
Wildlife Expo & Revolutionary
Re-enactments & Encampment
Fort Watson and Santee Indian Mound.
General Francis Marion and Lt. Col. Harry
Lee were here in 1781.
National Wildlife Refuge,
I-95, Exit 102, US 15/301, North Santee, SC
May 6, 2006, 9 AM to 4
International Migratory Bird Day & Victory
at Fort Watson
& Recognition of Victories of Fort Watson
A great time for you
to discover living history
Participate with Re-enactments,
Nature Walks, Period Crafters, History Rides.
Santee National Wildlife
Plan to come: 5th Francis
Marion Symposium October 19-20, 2007
“Explore the Rev. War in the South.”
|Did you enjoy this fun?
May 6, 2006 9 AM to
| All day: Guided History wagon
trip to Indian Mound/Battlefield: Depart
| All day: Guided Bird & Nature
trips: First Guided Bird Ride/Walk with Josh Arrants
All day: Exhibits:
Fish Hatchery Exhibit / Casting contest
All day: Reptiles: Kevin
Messinger introduces snakes, assisted by Q.
|All day: Living History:
Craftsmen, Domestic Lifeways, Cooking
|Nature Experience: Scavenger hunt &
track making with Kay
| Living History: Christine
Swager Talks: The Swamp Fox Story
All Day: Colonial Children’s games: archery,
bayonet spearing skills, 'hawk throwing, stilt walking,
| Tactical Demonstration: Reenactment
of the 1st Battle of Fort Watson with defeat of Thomas
| Small arms/black powder
Living History: Christine
Swager Talk: Where & Why the British Lost the War
of honor by SAR & DAR representatives at
Francis Marion Monument
Scott’s Branch HS JrROTC Color Guard
and II SC Re-enactors
(Photo by Jarvis,
Open-fire Cooking, Weaving, Horn Baskets by Carolyn,
Musket firing, Cannon firing, Music and many other activities.
People are invited to play 18th century games and share Camp
life. Wildlife and Nature Expo includes Guided nature walks/talks,
wildlife exhibits & more.
| Scheduled Events times
Dr. Christine Swager
autographing her Rev. books / Patrick O'Kelley autographing
his Rev. Books / Rev. CookBooks / Hand-Made Shawls
& Horn Baskets & Crafts / Tricorne Hats
/ Bonnets / Mob Caps / Flags / Pins / Refuge &
Town Murals Bookmarks
Concessions by Santee Refuge Friends
Swamp Fox Murals Trail Society
* Free Admission
* * Free Parking *
* Food concession
Santee National Wildlife
Refuge Historic Santee Indian Mound
Historic Fort Watson
South of Summerton.
SC 29148 803-478-2217 * I-95 / Exit
102, US 301
by EW 2006)
you to all the volunteers:
of the Santee National Wildlife Refuge
National Wildlife Refuge
Swamp Fox Murals Trail Society
Clarendon Hall and
Continental Line Re-enactors
Militia & Gun Makers
Musicians and Crafters
High School Jr. ROTC Color Guard
Volunteers for making
this event possible
Thanks to our Corporate Sponsors:
IGA - Manning,
Hickory Springs Water LLC, Santee Cooper
| To commemorate the
225th anniversary of the Battles of 1781, especially:
First Battle of Fort Watson
- March 1, 1781
Battle of Wyboo Swamp - March
Bridges Campaign with Mount Hope Harassment
- March 10-28, 1781
Siege and Victory at Fort Watson
- April 16-23, 1781
at Fort Motte - May 6, 1781
Both Victories of Fort Watson &
Fort Motte were commanded by Marion and Lee.
|Victory at Fort Watson provides a
glimpse & shares the view of life on the backcountry
the Santee River and a natural setting for the
for you to walk where Francis Marion did in 1781.
Re-enactors and volunteers
demonstrate Battles and Living History:
I-95, Exit 102, US 15/301, Summerton, SC.
by Friends of Santee NW Refuge & Swamp
Fox Murals Trail Society
Watch for more info:
March, 2008 American
Revolutionary Living History
& Annual Celebration "General
Francis Marion Memorial Day" (Siege
& Victory at Fort Watson, April 16 - 23, 1781).
Please check website for updates or changes: www.francismariontrail.com
|Did you miss
this? A fun time was had by over 650 history
15, 2005 American Revolutionary Living History Encampment
& Wildlife Expo
To commemorate the 225th
anniversary of the SC Battles of 1780.
"4th Victory at Fort Watson"
Victory at Fort Watson provides a glimpse
& shares the view of life on the backcountry
frontier of the Santee River.
Victory at Fort
Watson coincides with the Sesquicentennial year
long events for Clarendon County and commemorates the
225th anniversary for the 1780 autumn campaigns in St.
Marks Parish (Clarendon County), which were:
Aug 20-24, 1780: Battle of
Great Savannah or Nelson's Ferry
Oct 25, 1780: Battle of Tearcoat
Nov 7, 1780: Confrontation
at Richbourg's Mill
Nov 8, 1780: Chase to Ox Swamp
Nov, 1780: Richardson Cemetery
Dec 12-17, 1780: Battle of Half Way
Santee National Wildlife Refuge, I-95, Exit 102, US 15/301, Summerton, SC.
Sponsored by Friends of Santee NW Refuge & Swamp Fox Murals Trail Society