Battle of Musgrove Mill State Historic Site offers two Discover Carolina programs for 4th and 8th grades based on the South Carolina Department of Education social studies standards:
Brother vs. Brother - 4th grade
In this program students will learn about the important roles that the men and women of South Carolina, both Patriots and Loyalist, played during the Revolutionary War. Students will take on the role of a spy by learning to use a quill pen to draw a detailed map. Next the students will join the militia during a militia muster where they will learn to drill and learn the loading procedures of a musket using replica wooden muskets. The program will end with the Ranger giving a historic weapons demonstration of loading and firing a musket.
Program Length 4 hours total (1 hr. Ranger led hike; .5-hour lunch; 2.5-hours interactive program)
Loyalty, Rebellion, or Neutrality: Choosing Sides in the Revolutionary War Backcountry- 8th grade
In this program, students will learn about the choices of allegiance that the men and women of the South Carolina Backcountry faced during the Revolutionary War. We will discuss what the prime motivations were that pushed the people of the Backcountry toward one allegiance over the others and the students will use this knowledge as they take on the role of a person of the Backcountry trying to decide which side they should join. They will also learn about the consequences of those choices of loyalty through the history of the Battle of Musgrove Mill that pitted Loyalist and Patriot Americans against each other.
Program Length 4 hours total (2-hour Ranger led hike; .5-hour lunch; 1.5-hour interactive program)
Program Cost for Discover Carolina:
1-25 students: $40
26-40 students: $80
41-60 students: $120
61-80 students: $160*
81-100 students: $200*
*groups of over 60 will be required to come on separate days.
For more information and to learn how to make a reservation for your class visit the Discover Carolina page.
RANGER GUIDED HIKES FOR ALL GRADES:
Ranger Guided British Camp Trail Hike:
Time: 1-hour Distance: 1 mile
Best for Kindergarten-5th Grade
Cost: $3.00 per Participant*
Students will learn a mixture of South Carolina, Colonial and Revolutionary War history, nature, and trail safety. Hike is over easy, mostly flat, terrain.
Hike can be modified to fit multiple grade levels of understanding.
Ranger Guided Battlefield Trail Hike:
Time: 2 hours Distance: 1.5 miles
Best for 6th Grade- High School
Cost: $4.00 per Participant*
Students will learn about the August 19, 1780 battle of Musgrove Mill, the Patriots and Loyalists that fought the battle, the tactics and weapons used during the battle, and the importance of the battle to the Patriot cause.
Hike is over moderately difficult hilly terrain.
*groups of over 60 will be required to come on separate days
Ranger Guided Blackstock Battlefield Hike:
Time: 2 hours Distance: 2 miles
Best for High School
Cost: $5.00 per participant*
A unique experience of hiking an undeveloped Revolutionary War battlefield. You will learn about the history of the Nov. 20, 1780 battle of Blackstocks, the leaders and men from both sides that fought the battle, and the importance of the battle to the Patriot cause. Hike is mostly off trail over moderately difficult terrain.
There are currently no facilities on site so plan ahead and come prepared.
*Limited to just one Class per hike
The park has a covered picnic shelter with restrooms available for school groups.
What to Wear/Bring:
Programs are all outdoor programs. Please dress for the weather and wear close-toed shoes, and bring bottled water.
For more information or to make a reservation for your class please contact:
Mark Stanford, Interpretive Ranger
Visitor Center: (864) 938-0100