Places to Visit

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South Carolina
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Kings Mountain National Military Park Blacksburg This 3,945 acre park commemorates the 1780 battle between colonialists — Patriot vs. Loyalist with no British involved.
Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site Camden The 107-acre site includes the town of 18th century Camden, the Joseph Kershaw mansion — headquarters for Lord Cornwallis — and more. Fourteen battles of the Revolution were fought in the area.
Drayton Hall Charleston The mansion, built 1738-42, was the birthplace of patriot William Henry Drayton.
Middleton Place Charleston Well-preserved eighteenth century plantation with America's oldest landscaped gardens; the house dates to the late 1730s.
Old Slave Mart Museum Charleston Opened in 2007, the museum offers a narrative history of slavery in the U.S. The building, formerly Ryan’s Mart, was an actual showroom where slaves were bought and sold.
Cowpens National Battlefield Chesnee A pasturing area at the time of the battle, the site covers 845 acres and is preserved to its 1781 appearance.
Charles Pinckney National Historic Site Mount Pleasant Charles Pinckney was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a governor; the 28-acre site is just a remnant of Pinckney's 715-acre coastal plantation, Snee Farm.
Ninety Six National Historic Site Nintey Six Commemorates two Revolutionary War battles and includes the original 1781 Star Fort, historic roads, the original town sites of Ninety Six & Cambridge, the reconstructed Stockade Fort, and siege trenches.

The French years provided Franklin’s detractors precisely what they needed: proof that the ur-American was un-American. Franklin was the Founding Father who had come the furthest, which makes him today the most compelling; he was also the Founding Father who traveled the farthest, which in his own century made him the most suspect. Few other homes in Philadelphia sported both Réaumur and Fahrenheit thermometers. The story goes that when Franklin proposed that Congress open its meetings with a prayer, Alexander Hamilton quipped that that body had no need of foreign aid. The story may be apocryphal but the sentiment was real. The expatriate patriot, Franklin was associated in many minds with the dependent chapter of American independence, one better expunged from the record.

Stacy Schiff
A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America (2005)