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Revolutionary War Lecture Series

Updated: Mar 15


A monthly lecture series presented by Historian and Battlefield Preservationist Durant Ashmore at the Laurens County Museum and the Upcountry History Museum

- Lectures at the Laurens County Museum are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Laurens County Museum, 116 South Public Square, Laurens, SC, 29360.

The Laurens County Museum suggests a donation for each lecture of $5 for Laurens County Museum Association members, $10 for non-members. All that are 18 years and younger no donation required.

- Lectures held at the Upcountry History Museum are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 12:00 PM at the Upcountry History Museum, 540 Buncombe Street, Greenville, SC, 29601.

Admission to the lectures at the Upcountry History Museum is $10.00/person. Feel free to bring a bag lunch to the Greenville lectures.

The Backcountry of South Carolina is home to one hundred twelve Revolutionary War engagements, the greatest number in all of America. Attendees will tread the sacred grounds where these events took place. There is no admission fee for the field trips. Field trips will be conducted at 10:00 AM on the first Saturday following both lecture theaters.

Lecture and Field Trip Schedules:

“The Patriots Fight Back”

To be determined – Laurens County Museum

Ever so slowly, the tide began to turn. Important battles in this turn of events were Huck’s Defeat (July 12, 1780), Hanging Rock (Aug. 6, 1780), and the Battle of Musgrove Mill (Aug. 19, 1780).

To be determined – Field Trip

Musgrove Mill State Historic Site. This was a significant Laurens County battle located at 398 State Park Road., Clinton, SC, 29325.


“Kings Mountain”

May 3, 2022 – 7:00 PM – Laurens County Museum

Kings Mountain (Oct. 7, 1780) is an incredible Patriot victory that stopped Cornwallis in his tracks. All details of the battle will be discussed.

May 7, 2022 – 10:00 AM – Field Trip

Kings Mountain State Park, 1277 Park Road., Blacksburg, SC 29702.



June 7, 2022 - 7:00 PM – Laurens County Museum

The Battles of Blackstock’s Farm (Nov. 20, 1780), Hammond’s Store (Dec. 29, 1780) and Cowpens (Jan. 17, 1781) will be discussed. Cowpens was one of the most brilliantly fought battles of the war, and the Little River and Spartan Regiments played truly heroic roles.

June 11, 2022 – 10:00 AM - Field Trip

Cowpens National Battlefield, 4001 Chesnee Highway, Gaffney, SC 29341.


“Ninety Six”

July 5, 2022 - 7:00 PM – Laurens County Museum

The 2nd Siege of Ninety Six (May 22- June 19, 1781) and associated events will be discussed.

July 9, 2022 – 10:00 AM - Field Trip

Ninety Six National Historic Site, 1103 SC Highway 248, Ninety Six, SC 29666.


“Hayes Station”

August 2, 2022 – 12:00 PM – Laurens County Museum

The brutal massacre (Nov. 19, 1781) by the Tory Bloody Bill Cunningham will be discussed. Eighteen of Laurens County’s finest men were brutally hacked to death at Hayes Station by this homicidal maniac. Seventy-six Patriots throughout South Carolina perished because of Cunningham‘s rampage.

August 6, 2022 – 10:00 AM - Field Trip

Hayes Station, 200 Williams Road, Clinton, SC 29325.

For more information contact:

Laurens County Museum



Durant Ashmore

864-915-6337 (text only please)


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