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Revolutionary War Flags to be Topic at Season’s Final Friday Campfire at Walnut Grove Plantation

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Roebuck, SC, September 6, 2011 — 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 9 at Walnut Grove Plantation. Mark Anthony from the South Carolina Sons of the American Revolution will present his wonderful and fast-paced history of the American Revolution through its flags. “Mark regularly presents his program in area elementary schools, so the evening will be one for the entire family,” says Zac Cunningham, director of Walnut Grove Plantation. “He usually gives the history of nearly 40 flags in about 30 minutes, which means the flag he’s talking about is constantly changing. This fast pace and the changing visual keeps everyone, especially younger kids, interested.”

Gates open at 7:30 p.m. for visitors to tour the plantation and make s’mores. The campfire program begins at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children ages 6-17, and free for children 5 years and younger. Lawn chairs and/or blankets as well as bug spray are encouraged. Campfires occur rain or shine. Walnut Grove is located at 1200 Otts Shoals Road in Roebuck.

Walnut Grove Plantation tells the stories of the free and enslaved people who settled South Carolina and the rest of Britain’s American colonies, who fought for independence, and who, in the end, built a new nation. Charles & Mary Moore established Walnut Grove on a 550-acre land grant about 1765. The Scots-Irish immigrants raised ten children in the house they built and lived in for 40 years. Mr. Moore relied on a dozen enslaved African Americans and his own large family to work his sizable farm. During the American Revolution, the Moore family, including eldest daughter Kate Moore Barry, actively supported the Patriot cause and militia even mustered at Walnut Grove. Loyalist William “Bloody Bill” Cunningham killed 3 Patriot soldiers sheltered at the plantation in 1781.

Walnut Grove offers hourly guided tours of the site’s 250-year-old buildings. Regular programs examine Colonial & Revolutionary Era history and often feature reenactors portraying people of the time. Groups of 10 or more people from schools, churches, scout troops, senior citizen groups, and other community organizations can schedule special tours and activities in advance.

Walnut Grove’s events and activities 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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