American Heritage Festival Returns to Simulate and Educate on Local Military History
What was it like for a military to make camp during the Revolutionary War? World War I and II? Korea…Vietnam?
Get a unique idea at the 6th Annual American Heritage Festival at Graham’s Historic Farm near Lake City February 20-21! This year the crack of guns and cannons accompanied by wafting gunpowder joins the spectacle of World War I planes as well as infantry and cavalry maneuvers and other military vehicles.
Like prior years, there is a heavy emphasis on the Revolutionary period, as there is a Colonial Village and 18th century general store to explore at a colonial encampment full of authentic 18th-century goods such as furs, pottery, soaps and candles, as well as event t-shirts and souvenirs (cash and credit cards accepted). You can even fire revolutionary cannons with the 5th Company and 4th South Carolina Artillery.
Attending Revolutionary War regiments include: Continentals – 3rd Light Dragoons, the 2nd South Carolina Regiment, 2nd North Carolina Regiment, 6th North Carolina Regiment, Mecklenburg Militia, Kingsbury Artillery and South Carolina 3 and 4th Company Artillery. British Regiments include the 33rd Regiment of Foot, 71st Highlanders, and Royal Welch Fusiliers.
WWII groups include 508th HQ Parachute Infantry Regiment. H Company Parachute Infantry Regiment, C Company Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne, 307 Medical Battalion, and German 6th Parachute Division 6 Fallschimjager.
The Military Vehicle Collectors of South Carolina (MVCSC) are also back for the second year in a row, which will include World War I biplanes this year.
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.
Historical Speakers will include Jim Piecuch of Harrison’s South Carolina Rangers in Williamsburg on the “Swamp Fox” General Francis Marion, General George Patton grandson George “Patton” Waters and Fletcher Moone on the history and culture behind beer.
The variety continues with fur traders; blacksmiths; musket makers; pottery; soap and candlemakers; and Native American dance, drum and storytelling demonstrations.
Saturday night is the Night of Lights, which includes a torch walk down to the bonfire for the display. Watch the sky light up with cannon and musket firing demonstrations.
Graham’s Historic Farm has been in the family since William Graham founded it in 1738. Original documents show that the farm actively supplied food for the Continental Army during the war, and was also used as a stop-over camp site for Patriot forces, including Francis Marion’s brigade of partisans and captured British troops.
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. 14 and under are free; $15 online before 2-15 and $20 after; overnight camping $10 per person.