South Carolina Grand Opening Celebration

Thursday, March 30, 2017 Is Your Day South Carolina

A Patriotic Salute to South Carolina!

The Grand Opening Celebration of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown commenced 13 days of festivities on March 23-April 4, 2017, with a patriotic salute to each of America’s 13 original states, tours of expansive gallery exhibits, and military music and 18th-century interpretive experiences in the newly expanded Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm.



South Carolina was featured on March 30.



Welcoming Ceremony           11:00 a.m.
Grand Corridor and Artillery Amphitheater

We honored the State of South Carolina and saluted its brave men and women who fought for our independence. State officials and members of state heritage organizations and historical societies gathered at 11 a.m. in the museum lobby for a progressive ceremony through sections of permanent exhibition galleries and along the American Revolution Grand Corridor, where the state emblem was adjoined to a permanent exhibit honoring the first 13 states. The procession continued to the Artillery Amphitheater at 11:30 a.m., where the state flag was presented in a ceremonial display with welcoming remarks. A flag raising concluded with an artillery salute.



Afternoon activities—Education Center Classroom Panel discussions
Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution

Doug Bostick, South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust
Robert Dunkerly, National Park Service Historian
Tray Dunaway, Historic Camden Foundation
Doug McIntyre, Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution
David Reuwer, Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution


1775—1776 Loyalists & Whigs 1:00 p.m. Early causes , convictions and conflicts in this un-civil war



1777 – 1779 Archives, Archeology & Anecdotes 2:00 p.m. Understand the war’s significant people, laces, principles, and events shaping the war effort; Port Royal, Stono Ferry



1780—1781 Battles, Bravado & Blood 3:00 p.m.  Charleston, Waxhaws, Hanging Rock, Camden, Fishing Creek, Musgrove’s, King’s Mtn, Blackstock’s, Hammond’s, Cowpens, Ft. Motte, Ft. Watson, Hobkirk’s, 96, Biggins, Quenby, Eutaws



1781 — 1782 Internecine Hatred & Isaac Hayne 4:00 p.m. Eutaw Springs, Wofford’s Ironworks, Gowen’s, Cloud’s Creek, Hayes’ Station, Dean Swamp, Lorrick’s Ferry, Tar Bluff



Evening Speaker—                                  7:00 p.m.

John “Jack” Buchanan, Author & Historian
“Partisan War in the Carolinas”



South Carolina was originally inhabited by the Cherokee and Catawba Tribal Nations. The Spanish were the first Europeans to settle the area in 1521, followed by the French in 1562, and the English in 1629. South Carolina signers include Thomas Lynch, Jr., Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., and Arthur Middleton. During the Revolution, more than 400 battles and skirmishes took place in South Carolina, with the first major battle centering on the British attempt to seize Charlestown in June, 1776 at the Battle of Ft. Moultrie. Military leaders include Francis Marion, known as the “Swamp Fox,” Thomas Sumter, and Andrew Pickens. Major Patriot victories included Kings Mountain and Cowpens. On May 23, 1788, South Carolina became the 8th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.



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