American Heritage Festival in Lake City Recognizes Local Role in Military’s History
It’s going to be war! Not really, but it will look like it!
The 5th Annual American Heritage Festival celebrating the area’s connection to the Revolutionary War and U.S. military history makes camp at Graham’s Historic Farm near Lake City February 15-16.
It’s mostly about the Revolutionary War as live battlefield reenactments with musket fire and cannon demonstrations rumble through the event, along with colonial merchants and historical speakers. The 2nd South Carolina Regiment is sponsoring the festival: attending regiments include the 2nd South Carolina Continentals; 2nd North Carolina Regiment, British Legion, 33rd Regiment of Foot – British; 3rd Continental Light Dragoons; and Kingsbury Artillery.
But also coming back is the Military Vehicle Collectors of South Carolina, an all-volunteer organization that facilitates the restoration and display of historic military vehicles from World War II through modern day. WWII reenactments include the H Company Parachute Infantry Regiment, C Company Parachute Infantry Regiment, The 82nd Airborne, Headquarters of the 101st Airborne, The 307th Medical Battalion, The 307th Engineer Battalion of the Allied, and Germany’s 6th Parachute Division 6 Fallschimjager.
The schedule for the reenactments and all events over the two days may be found here. The days start off right, at 10am, with pancake breakfasts.
Also included with the event will be an 18th Century Colonial Village that will be bustling with:
- The “Patriot Games,” which includes hatchet throwing contests, an apple pendulum bayonet charge, and a skillet toss contest.
- The Carolina Indian Traders
- The Parisemporium-18th Century Goods
- An 18th Century General Store from Ranger Reproductions
- A blacksmith, Dale Smith
- A musket maker, Robert Hill
- South Carolina Pottery from Ding Delinger
- Historic Architectural Restoration from Thomas Haas
- Historian Dale Smith
- Revolutionary War Artist Claude Buckley
- Paul Graham, presenter of artifacts and documents related to Francis Marion and the Pee Dee community’s impact on winning the American Revolution.
At night the crowd can join a drum circle (it’s bring your own drum!) to keep the beat.
Other speakers on history will include:
- Ed Forte on the birth of the Marines as well as Marion and Lee’s siege of Fort Watson.
- John Miles on South Carolina’s involvement in the Revolutionary War.
- Brad Lee with Fletcher Moon on the Culture of Beer (which hasn’t gone anywhere!).
A torch walk and Night of Lights display round off the fun on Saturday night.
Music will be featured at the event as well. Playing Saturday will be Dixie Dave and Kayla Charlene, and the Traveling Riverside Band. On Sunday, solo artist Randy Turner plays.
To check out more details on the American Heritage Festival see their Facebook page and/or website. For specific info on how to find the farm, click here. Tickets may be pre-purchased from the website. A $15 weekend pass is available!