American Heritage Festival

The American Heritage Festival will run Saturday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., wrapping up with a drum circle (take your own drum) and Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

History lovers who don’t mind driving about an hour will find a history-packed, two-day event in Lake City this weekend at Graham’s historic farm.

The American Heritage Festival will run Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. featuring food, drink, the Steel City Rovers, a town crier, colonial traders, woodworking, blacksmithing, musket-making, skillet and tomahawk throwing contests, encampments and presentations, Calvary re-enactors and more. Re-enactors will come from the 2nd S.C. Regiment, who will bring along muskets suitable for firing. Graham is also expecting state representatives from the Sons of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Revolution to lay a wreath after the re-enactment.

Cost is $10 with children 5-years-old and younger being admitted free.

Camping is also available Saturday night.

Speakers will be David Reuwer, a Kershaw County municipal judge and vice president of the S.C. Battleground Preservation Trust, who will speak on the S.C. Liberty Trail and Thomas Sumter, a Soldier, Statesman and Plague; and Charles Baxley, a Revolutionary War historian and publisher of the online magazine Southern Campaign of the American Campaign, who will speak on The Making of the Swamp Fox, The Life of Francis Marion and The Battle of the Eutaw Springs.

Farm owner Paul Graham said, “There’s a lot of history, lot of history here.”

Graham says his family has owned the farm since 1738 before two of his great-great-great-great-grandfathers fought with Francis Marion, who spent much of his time during the Revolution at the site.

There is also a church nearby that was featured in the movie, The Patriot, where the British appeared to burn the church with people in it.

“This is true. They did burn the church down, but not with people in it,” he said.

Graham says he gave many historic documents to the S.C. Department of Archives, but he kept copies of them so he has signatures of soldiers including Peter Horry, Francis Marion, Gavin Witherspoon and more.

“The biggest thing is to get the community to understand how much happened here, right here in little ol’ Lake City and the Pee Dee region to help the American Revolution,” Graham said.

The farm is located at 843 McCutcheon Road, Lake City, SC 29560. For a schedule of events, go to theamericanheritagefestival.com.

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