SC 250th American Revolution Commission visits Clemson Historic Properties

Special exhibits on display in Hopewell House for the SC 250 visit.

The South Carolina American Revolution 250th Anniversary Commission (SC 250) held its two-day quarterly meeting at Clemson University earlier this summer, where they had the opportunity to visit Clemson’s historic properties, viewing artifacts and talking with Clemson faculty members.

The Commission was established by the South Carolina General Assembly in 2018 to celebrate and promote the state’s role in the American Revolution. During their visit, the commissioners toured Fort Rutledge, the site of the Battle of Essenca Town in 1776, and Hopewell House, the historic home of Governor Andrew Pickens Jr., both of which are maintained by Clemson University.

They were also able to view rare 18th-century Mouson maps of the Carolinas, as well as other historical documents from the time period, and they were able see a 1785 rifle that once belonged to U.S. Senator John Ewing Colhoun Sr.

Clemson history faculty Rod Andrew, Joshua Catalano and David Markus shared some of their expertise about the Revolution with the group, including a discussion of the experiences of Native Americans and African Americans in the area at the time.

The commissioners were also given a tour of the nearby Old Stone Presbyterian Church by Clemson Historic Properties Alumni Advisory Committee members Tim Drake and Marion Whitehurst.

For more information, check out the news coverage of the SC 250 Commission’s visit from FOX Carolina and the Easley Citizen.