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American Heritage Festival returns to Lake City this weekend

February 1, 2019
In 2017, Erick Nanson, re-enactor coordinator for the Second South Carolina re-enactment group, explains the daily routines of the people who stayed in Colonial village. He was at the American Heritage Festival in 2016.

LAKE CITY, S.C. – The American Heritage Festival is returning to Lake City this weekend for the fourth year.

People will be able to visit Graham’s Historic Farm on McCutcheon Road on Saturday and Sunday to take a walk back in history and to learn about American military heritage.

The American Heritage Festival is a living history event that highlights Colonial South Carolina during the American Revolutionary War. According to the event’s website, documents show that the farm supplied food for the Continental Army during the war and was used as s stopover camp site for patriot forces, including Francis Marion’s brigade of partisans and captured British troops.

This year’s festival will feature cannon demonstrations, guest speakers, drill and musket firing displays and a battle re-enactment, among other things.

Paul Graham, director of the festival, said the Sons of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Revolution groups will do a wreath-laying ceremony at 3 p.m. Saturday for the men who fought along with Francis Marion. Statewide representatives of the organizations are expected to attend the ceremony.

“This year we’ve got military vehicles coming from World War Two to Afghanistan,” Graham said. “And they’re going to come with weapons and equipment that will coincide with whatever military vehicle we have.”

David Reuwer of Camden is expected to speak at the festival about the liberty fields that are being built in South Carolina.

“They’re buying up old Revolutionary War battlefields,” Graham said. “And they’re calling it the liberty trails because they’ll have those all over the state.”

Historian Charles Baxley will also attend the festival and speak about Francis Marion’s relationship to the Pee Dee area and about the battle of Eutaw Springs.

An 18th-century colonial village will be featured and will include colonial traders, wood working, and even drum circle and skillet and hatchet throwing contests.

A fill listing of events can be found at theamericanheritagefestival.com. Camping is available to the public on Saturday night.

Admission is $10 for the weekend. Children 5 and under are admitted free. There is a separate $20 fee per person for camping.

The American Heritage Festival will be held rain or shine.

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