On November 20, 1780 following a fierce battle late in the day General Thomas Sumter, leading around 1,000 Patriot militiamen, gave the feared Lt. Colonel Banastre Tarleton, leading 270 British regulars, his first defeat during the Revolutionary War. This battle was fought on the farm of a Captain William Blackstock along the Tyger River in what is today Union County. On Saturday November 23, 2019 Musgrove Mill State Historic Site will be having a Commemoration of the Battle of Blackstock followed by a guided hike of the battlefield. The Battle Commemoration will be from 10:00-11:00 on top of Monument Hill at the Blackstock Battlefield State Historic Site and will be led by local chapters of the Children of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Revolution, and Sons of the American Revolution. The guided hike of the battlefield will be from 11:00-1:00 and will be led by leading Blackstock historian Michael Burgess. The hike is two hours long and will take place over difficult and hilly terrain and space will be limited so you must register by emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 864-938-0100 by 5:00 pm November 22 to go on the hike. There is no need to register for the Commemoration. This event is free to the public. In the event of inclement weather this event will be cancelled and not rescheduled. Please bring a chair, bug spray, water, and wear shoes and clothing appropriate for hiking and the weather. Directions to the Blackstock Battlefield from Musgrove Mill State Historic Site: Take Highway 56 towards Cross Anchor, then turn right onto Highway 49. Turn left onto Blackstock Rd. Turn right onto Battlefield Rd., and then take a slight left onto Monument Rd. Follow Monument Rd. until it ends at a metal gate and a small parking area.
Battle of Blackstock Commemoration 10:00 am- 11:00 am; Blackstock Battlefield Guided Hike 11:00 am- 1:00 pm
Blackstock Battlefield Monument Hill 10:00 am
Chair, water, walking shoes, proper dress for outdoors
5:00 pm November 22, 2019