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Relive History At South Carolina’s Mountain Sites
South Carolina’s mountain sites are a must for history and military buffs. Oconee Station State Historic Site in Walhalla was once a trading post and military compound. Located just a short drive from Greenville, the station was built in the late 1700s. Nearby William Richards House was constructed in the early 19th century. Enjoy a hiking trail leading to a fishing pond, Station Cove Falls and the Sumter National Forest. Cowpens National Battlefield is accessible from I-85 near Greenville. Sprawling over 172 acres, the famous battle site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. During the Revolutionary War the battlefield was the site of the Battle of Cowpens, where General Daniel Morgan declared victory. Stroll the grounds and take the Battlefield Trail to the 1856 Light Infantry Monument.
Heritage Green in downtown Greenville is home to four museums. Visit the Greenville County Museum of Art to see the huge collection of watercolors by Andrew Wyeth and paintings by Jasper Johns. The Upcountry History Museum features an impressive array of exhibits spanning several decades, and the Bob Jones University Museum specializes in Old Masters and religious-themed art.
Oconee Station State Historic Site
Previously a military compound and trading post, Oconee Station Historic Site now serves as an upcountry South Carolina historic tourist attraction. Located just outside of Greenville, the former outpost has stood the test of time – the Oconee Station and William Richards House both still stand today after being built in the late 18th century.
Guests of Oconee Station will want to take the scenic beauty as well. The surrounding area is home to a variety of outdoor enthusiasts' ideal spots – the Sumter National Forest, the Station Cove Falls, and fishing pond are all located along the scenic 1.5 mile walking trail leading away from the Oconee Station.
Cowpens National Battlefield
Don't miss out on your chance to explore Cowpens National Battlefield in South Carolina's upcountry. Drive into Gaffney along I-85 from nearby Greenville, and take in all the sights at Cowpens National Battlefield.
Covering 172 acres, Cowpens National Battlefield is a top area attractions, and is an official United States Historic District.
Added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1966, Cowpens National Battlefield marks the site where Gen. Daniel Morgan was victorious at the Battle of Cowpens during the Revolutionary War.
When you visit Cowpens, be sure to tour the grounds along the Battlefield Trail, a 1.2 mile-long trail which yields easy access to the 1856 Washington Light Infantry Monument.