Cowpens National Battlefield, Chesnee

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Cowpens National Battlefield is a unit of the National Park Service just east of Chesnee, South Carolina, and near the state line with North Carolina. It preserves a major battlefield of the American Revolutionary War.

Brigadier General Daniel Morgan won the Battle of Cowpens, a decisive Revolutionary War victory over British Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton on January 17, 1781. It is considered one of Morgan's most memorable victories and one of Tarleton's most memorable defeats.

Established as Cowpens National Battlefield Site March 4, 1929; transferred from the War Department August 10, 1933; redesignated April 11, 1972. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966. Area: 841.56 acres (3.41 km2), Federal: 790.9 acres (3.2 km2), Nonfederal: 50.66 acres (205,010 m2).

The visitor center features a museum with exhibits about the American Revolution and the battle, including a fiber-optic map that illustrates the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution and the battle, a walking tour of the battlefield itself, and the reconstructed log cabin of one Robert Scruggs, who had farmed the land before the establishment of the park.
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  • Small but outstanding site. Great movie , two teenage boys now understand the significance of this battle for America. Great display cases with exhibits. Small gift store. Beautiful grounds and... 
    Small but outstanding site. Great movie , two teenage boys now understand the significance of this battle for America. Great display cases with exhibits. Small gift store. Beautiful grounds and...  more »
  • We came here on Memorial Day on our way back to Fort Mill from a day of Hiking near Jones Gap. Turned out to be a nice educational visit for us and our kids. The grounds here are nice to walk, and.....  more
    We came here on Memorial Day on our way back to Fort Mill from a day of Hiking near Jones Gap. Turned out to be a nice educational visit for us and our kids. The grounds here are nice to walk, and.....  more »
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  • Great place to tour a Revolutionary War battleground. Great trails, picnicking, and a 2 mile, paved, one way loop for automobiles with bicycling lane. Nice visitor center with facilities for the handicapped as well. It has large expanses of open, grassy battlefields, protected forest areas, and a replica cabin from the era. Found picnic spots with paved access for wheelchairs featuring a table, bench and grill. Not one speck of litter anywhere that I saw. Parking is limited to designated paved spaces only and is greatly concentrated around the visitor center and picnic areas. My dog absolutely loves this park!
  • Great battlefield to enjoy some outdoor activities like biking, hiking, and just all around history touring all around the park! I recommend stopping at the visitor center to get all the information you need and you can either walk, bike or drive a loop around the battlefield to see all the history that occurred during the Revolution War! Highly recommend it if you’re close to the Charlotte area or in the surrounding areas to enjoy the day out!

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