? Charles Towne Landing State Historic Park
1500 Old Towne Road Charleston, SC 29407 (843) 852-4200 <www.charlestowne.org>: View a reproduction of a 17th-century trading vessel and palisade walls at the site of the state’s first permanent English settlement. Don’t miss the Animal Forest a zoo that houses creatures early settlers may have encountered.
? Cowpens National Battlefield
4001 Chesnee Highway Gaffney, SC 29341 (864) 461-2828 <www.nps.gov/cowp>: See where Gen. Daniel Morgan’s troops defeated loyalists in one of the Revolutionary War’s most decisive patriot victories. You can stop by the museum (inside the visitor center), walk the battlefield trail or drive the loop around the site.
? Fort Sumter National Monument
340 Concord St. Charleston, SC 29401 (843) 883-3123 <www.nps.gov/fosu>: The first shots of the Civil War were fired here April 12, 1861. After stopping by the visitor center in downtown Charleston, hop a ferry to the monument. While you’re there, visit the museum and take a guided tour of the restored structure.
? Historic Brattonsville
1444 Brattonsville Road McConnells, SC 29726 (803) 684-2327 <www.chmuseums.org/Brattonsville.htm>: At this Revolutionary War battle site, you can experience daily life on a Southern plantation and visit 30 historic structures.
? Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site
222 Broad St. Camden, SC 29020 (803) 432-9841 <www.historic-camden.net>: In South Carolina’s oldest inland town, you can visit a museum, an 18th-century town site, replica houses and reconstructed military forts.
? Kings Mountain National Military Park
2625 Park Road Blacksburg, SC 29702 (864) 936-7921 <www.nps.gov/kimo>: This park commemorates a major patriot victory during the Revolutionary War. Take a self-guided tour of the battlefield trail and view museum exhibits.
? Magnolia Plantation and Its Gardens
3550 Ashley River Road Charleston, SC 29414 (800) 367-3517 <magnoliaplantation.com>: Explore the 1676 plantation house and the property’s many gardens one is the country’s oldest (it dates to 1680). You also can tour the plantation workers’ graveyard, an Indian burial mound and a restored 1840 slave cabin.
? South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
1205 Pendleton St. Columbia, SC 29201 (803) 734-1700 <www.discoversouthcarolina.com>
From the June 2006 issue of Family Tree Magazine.