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Sat, Jun 19


Croft Activity Center

Croft History Hike

This hike will be led by a legendary historian from Croft State Park. We will start earlier around 8am to avoid the heat of the day. We hope you can join us on this guided hike that goes over the deep and rich history at Croft Sate Park.

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Croft History Hike
Croft History Hike

Time & Location

Jun 19, 2021, 8:00 AM

Croft Activity Center, Croft State Park Rd, South Carolina 29302, USA

About the Event

Meet Location:  Croft Activity Center, just past the ranger station, same dirt parking lot as the bathhouse. 

A breif description of some of the history hike the Croft Historian Stanley will cover:

The area that encompasses the Nature Trail probably has the oldest (known) history of any place in the Park. This history would include a Revolutionary War battle (more of a skirmish in my  opinion) that took place within a half-mile of the Fosters Mill site.   I'll give your group another version of this skirmish, quite different  from the one on the plaque located a short distance away (Entitled:  "Battle of Kelsoes Creek"). I'll cover Cols. John Thomas, Jr.'s and  Sr.'s land and homesteads, an "old ironworks", and over a period of time  (1786 to 1930), the three grist mills that were once at the site. The  Col. John and Jane Black Thomas marker/cenotaph is located about a mile  to the north of the Nature Trail (Foster's Mill site) and some may think  that the area of the marker is Col. Thomas, Sr.'s homestead site. I'll  talk about where I've concluded Col. Thomas lived as well as his son,  Col. Thomas, Jr. Also, I'll touch on the names of the first settlers who  lived in the area of what is now Croft State Park.

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