Battle of Musgrove Mill State Historic Site preserves, protects, and interprets the site of the August 19, 1780 American Revolutionary War battle of Musgrove’s Mill. This battle between 200 Patriot militia and a joint force of 200 Loyalist militia and 300 British Provincial Troops was a Patriot victory and a major turning point during the Revolutionary War following the major Patriot defeats at Camden on August 16, 1780 and Fishing Creek on August 18, 1780. Park staff interprets not only the Battle of Musgrove’s Mill, but also the brutal frontier warfare that took place throughout upstate South Carolina that divided the loyalties of communities and families during the American Revolution.
Musgrove Mill State Historic Site
398 State Park Road
Clinton, SC 29325
Battle of Musgrove Mill State Historic Site offers programs for 4th and 8th grades based on the South Carolina Department of Education social studies standards:
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 fake 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)
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)
*groups of over 60 will be required to come on separate days
Reservations can be made during the school year by contacting the park (see contact information above). Programs must be booked no less than two weeks in advance. You will receive a confirmation for your reservation.
We require at least one chaperone per 10 students. Required chaperones are not charged for the program. Chaperones above this limit are an additional $3.00 per person. We highly recommend no more than the suggested number of chaperones.
The park is located six miles from I-26 at Exit 52. The address is 398 State Park Road, Clinton, SC 29325.
The park has a covered picnic shelter with restrooms available for school groups.
The Discover Carolina programs are outdoor programs. Please dress for the weather and wear close-toed shoes.
Fire ants, wasps and bees are a part of the ecosystem at the park. While the park manages these as best they can, teachers should be aware of their presence and bring a first aid kit with them during their field trip.
While a single water fountain is available on the grounds, bringing bottled water is recommended for all students.