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Final Friday Campfire for the Year at Walnut Grove Sept. 10th

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Season’s Final Friday Campfire at Walnut Grove Plantation Focuses on Archeology and Native Americans

Roebuck, SC, September 7, 2010 — For one final time this summer, bring the family, gather ‘round the fire, toast marshmallows, and hear exciting stories of the Upstate’s past! The Spartanburg County Historical Association’s summer Friday Campfires Series wraps up this Friday, September 10 at Walnut Grove Plantation. Join Lamar Nelson and others from the Foothills Chapter of the Archeological Society of South Carolina as they share stories and artifacts of our region’s Native Americans from prehistoric days to European contact. Walnut Grove Plantation is located at 1200 Otts Shoals Road in Roebuck. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. for self-guided tours of the site and the campfire program begins at 8:30 p.m. Admission is adults $5.00; ages 6-17 $3.00; ages 5 & under free. Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets. Bug spray encouraged. The event is rain or shine! Although this will be the final Friday Campfire of the season, the series has been a big success and will continue next year!

Charles and Mary Moore established Walnut Grove Plantation after receiving a grant for 550-acres of land in the South Carolina Backcountry, the colony’s tough western frontier. The Scots-Irish Moores raised ten children in the house they built about 1765 and lived in for the next 40 years. Revolutionary War heroine Kate Moore Barry, who served as a scout for General Daniel Morgan prior to the Battle of Cowpens, numbered among those ten sons and daughters. In late 1781, Loyalist William Cunningham, called “Bloody Bill” by the Patriots, killed three Patriot soldiers at the plantation and sparked a small skirmish with local militia, which is reenacted each year in early October. Tours of the restored historic buildings and special events on the plantation grounds offer visitors a glimpse into the daily lives of the free and enslaved people who settled the Backcountry, fought for independence, and shaped a new nation.

Walnut Grove Plantation is operated by the Spartanburg County Historical Association, which explores and preserves our region’s history by collecting and sharing the stories and artifacts of the people who shaped that history. In addition to Walnut Grove, the Historical Association operates the Historic Price House, the Seay House, and the Spartanburg Regional History Museum. SCHA activities and events are supported in part by The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg and its donors, the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives funding from The National Endowment for the Arts, the City and County of Spartanburg, and by corporate and individual partners.

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