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Battle of Blackstock Anniversary Remembered This Weekend

Daniel Prince

Commemoration ceremony, battlefield hike, and battlefield talk among the activities

This Saturday, the Battle of Musgrove Mill State Historic Site will host a commemoration event marking the 242nd anniversary of the Battle of Blackstock, which took place on November 20, 1780. The Battle Commemoration will take place from 10-11 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.

Following the commemoration, a guided hike of the battlefield will be led by leading Blackstock historian Michael Burgess. The hike will be two hours long and will cover difficult and hilly terrain. Space is limited, and registration is required by 5 p.m. today at Search for Blackstock Battlefield Commemoration Hike. There will be no charge for the hike.

For those not going on the hike, a Ranger Battlefield talk will be offered from 11:15-12:30 on the battlefield, covering the history of the battle, why it occurred, what happened, and why it was important to the Patriot cause. Seating will be limited, so bring your own chair. The Blackstock Battlefield State Historic Site is located at 568 Monument Road in Enoree.

On Sunday, the actual anniversary of the battle, a special Ranger Guided Battlefield Hike will be offered from 3-5 p.m. Cost will be $10 per person, and reservations are required by going to Search for Anniversary of the Battle of Blackstocks Hike. Meet at the Blackstock Battlefield State Historic Site on Monument Road in Enoree at 2:45 p.m. The hike is two hours long and will take place mostly off trail over difficult and hilly terrain. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for hiking and bring bottled water. Pets are not allowed on the hike. There are no bathroom facilities on site, so be sure to plan ahead.

For more information on either of these events, call the Musgrove Mill State Historic Site at 864-938-0100, or email

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