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Upcoming Spring Events at Cowpens National Battlefield

Cowpens National Battlefield

National Park News

National Park Service News Release


DATE: April 11, 2012

CONTACT: Donna Davis, (864) 461-2828

Upcoming Spring Events at Cowpens National Battlefield

Cowpens National Battlefield will hold several special events this spring, all of which are free and open to the public. “We are really excited to have so much going on this spring. We hope our park neighbors will join us for these free events,” Chief Ranger Kathy McKay said.

From 10:00 – 3:30 on Saturday, April 21, children 6 years and older who pick up a free Junior Ranger Activity Booklet at the Visitor Center, complete the age-appropriate activities, and do one additional activity will earn a special Junior Ranger patch and certificate. The additional activities include attending a cannon-firing demonstration by reenactors at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, or 2:30 and completing an 18th century craft, such as making their own “cartridge” with grits and gumballs. The Junior Ranger program is designed to have children and adults work together to learn more about the history and environment in our national parks.

The Junior Ranger Day program will kick off National Park Week, April 21 – 29. Each year the President proclaims a week to celebrate and recognize the country’s national parks. This is an especially good time for visitors to tour the nearly 400 National Park Service sites because parks that normally charge fees will be free all week

From April 30 – May 11, archeologists from the Southeastern Archeological Center in Tallahassee will be conducting an archeological survey of the battlefield. The project will focus on trying to locate where the Americans camped the night before the Battle of Cowpens.

On May 19, the park will hold a bird walk, which will leave the Visitor Center at 9:00. Rangers suggest that visitors bring binoculars or a camera, wear comfortable shoes, and dress appropriately for the weather.

Visitors will have an opportunity to enjoy two Living History Weekends and one 18th century weapons demonstration day. On May 26-27, the Hesse Kassel Jaeger Korps will present programs on edged weapons, eighteenth century crime and punishment, and the militia. The Jaegers will set up a soldiers’ camp behind the Visitor Center. In addition to talking to visitors and answering questions in their camp throughout the weekend, they will give 20-minute talks in the Visitor Center museum at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. on both days. This event is free to the public.

On June 2 – 3, participants from the 1st Maryland – Southern Campaign reenacting unit, will present a living history weekend behind the Visitor Center. These reenactors, who portray Maryland Continental Soldiers during the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution, will demonstrate how soldiers lived in the 18th century and will give weapons firing demonstrations at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30 and 2:30 on June 2.

Additionally on June 2, in celebration of National Trails Day, volunteers will assist park staff on the Nature Trail from 9:00 – 11:00. These volunteers will have a special ranger talk, can watch a musket firing demonstration, and will have the opportunity to get prizes from a grab bag. This event is free, but please call 864-461-2828 by May 24 to let park staff know how many will be attending.

The SC Rangers will present musket and/or rifle firing demonstrations at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, and 2:30 on June 16. The Rangers portray colonists from the Revolutionary War era.

The park will also have volunteers demonstrating a variety of historical or hands-on activities at the Robert Scruggs House on May 27 and June 23 from 1:30 – 4:00.

Save the date for Saturday, July 7, when the park will also hold its History and Fireworks event. In addition to battlefield walks on that day, 18th century weapons firing demonstrations, and fireworks, the Spartanburg Community band will play patriotic music.

Cowpens National Battlefield is the site of the American victory over the British on January 17, 1781 and is located 10 miles west of Gaffney, SC, and 3 miles east of Chesnee, SC at the intersection of Highways 11, 110, and 221-A. Visitor Center hours are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily. For more information about activities at Cowpens National Battlefield, call (864) 461-2828 or visit the park’s webpage at -NPS-


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