Grandparents’ attics hold treasures. It’s just a matter of finding them while clearing out all the boxes. Imagine Paul Graham’s surprise when he found documents referring to his ancestors’ assisting Gen. Francis Marion and his militia during the American Revolution. As it turns out, the land Paul and his brothers inherited had given the first name, Graham’s Crossroads, to what is now known as Lake City. It’s time for a celebration of historic magnitude!
Each year, the American Heritage Festival is held at Graham’s Farm at 843 McCutcheon Road in Lake City. It will be a weekend full of re-enacting, Colonial music and dancing, Marsh Tacky horses, traditional games for children, historical lectures, and a Night of Lights cannon and musket display.
In November 1780, British Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton led his cavalry in a hunt for Marion and his men in hopes of finishing the bastion of American resistance in the South during the American Revolution. Lord Cornwallis and his 15,000 British soldiers defeated Charles Town and were set to move north through North Carolina and take Virginia, hence defeating Washington’s army. During this crucial time in American history, Marion sought refuge on Graham’s Historic Farm, staged attacks, held prisoners, used local men to help fight.
The festival is a living history celebration of the men credited with winning the American Revolution under General Francis Marion. Many area residents fought for Marion, including both the ancestral great-grandfathers of the present day proprietor of Graham’s Farm. The event is held in collaboration with Graham’s Historic Farm, Francis Marion University, The Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society and the 2nd South Carolina Revolutionary Regiment. For more detailed information and tickets, visit www.theamericanhertagefestival.com.
A partial list of activities is below, and the full schedule is available at theamericanfestival.com .
Colonial Christmas Village
Christmas Caroling & Marshmallow Roast
Marsh Tacky horses
Colonial Fife & Drum Corps.
Faire Wynds Colonial Christmas Show
Revolutionary Battle Reenactment.
A Night of Lights Cannon & Musket Display
Food and beer tent