Last updated: March 3, 2011
National Historic Site
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Charles Pinckney was a principal author and a signer of the United States Constitution. This remnant of his coastal plantation is preserved to tell the story of a "forgotten founder," his life of public service, the lives of enslaved African Americans on South Carolina Lowcountry plantations and their influences on Charles Pinckney.
Astonishing biodiversity exists in Congaree National Park, the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States. Waters from the Congaree and Wateree Rivers sweep through the floodplain, carrying nutrients and sediments that nourish and rejuvenate this ecosystem and support the growth of national and state champion trees.
“…our success was complete…” -- Daniel Morgan to Nathanael Greene, January 19, 1781 A pasturing area at the time of the battle, this Revolutionary War site commemorates the place where Daniel Morgan and his army turned the flanks of Banastre Tarleton's British army. This classic military tactic, known as a double envelopment, was one of only a few in history.
Charleston Harbor, SC
Decades of growing strife between North and South erupted in civil war on April 12, 1861, when Confederate artillery opened fire on this Federal fort in Charleston Harbor. Fort Sumter surrendered 34 hours later. Union forces would try for nearly four years to take it back.
Cultural Heritage Corridor
Designated by Congress in 2006, the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor extends from Wilmington, North Carolina in the north to Jacksonville, Florida in the south. It is home to one of America's most unique cultures, a tradition first shaped by captive Africans brought to the southern United States from West Africa and continued in later generations by their descendents.
National Military Park
Thomas Jefferson called it "The turn of the tide of success." The battle of Kings Mountain, fought October 7th, 1780, was an important American victory during the Revolutionary War. The battle was the first major patriot victory to occur after the British invasion of Charleston, SC in May 1780. The park preserves the site of this important battle.
National Historic Site
Ninety Six, SC
Settlers struggled against the harsh backcountry to survive. Cherokee Indians hunted and fought to keep their land. Two towns and a trading post were formed then abandoned to the elements. And two Revolutionary War battles claimed over 100 lives. Come discover the 18th century history of South Carolina.
National Historic Trail
Stretching 330 miles through four states (Virginia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina) the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail traces the route used by patriot militia during the pivotal Kings Mountain campaign of 1780. Follow the campaign by utilizing a Commemorative Motor Route which uses existing state highways marked with the distinctive trail logo, or 87 miles of walkable pathways.
The Reconstruction era,1861-1898 the historic period in which the United States grappled with the question of how to integrate millions of newly freed African Americans into social, political,economic, and labor systems, was a time of significant transformation. The people, places, and events in Beaufort County, South Carolina, reflect on the most important issues of this tumultuous time period.
National Heritage Corridor
Designated in 1996, the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor is committed to promoting and preserving the cultural, natural and historic resources of the state. The corridor stretches across 17 counties from the Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean.
By The Numbers
- 6 National Parks
- 1,630,562 Visitors to National Parks
- $93,500,000 Economic Benefit from National Park Tourism »
- $393,061,897 of Rehabilitation Projects Stimulated by Tax Incentives (since 1995) »
- $59,682,607 of Land & Water Conservation Fund Appropriated for Projects (since 1965) »
- 34 Certified Local Governments »
- 33 Community Conservation & Recreation Projects (since 1987) »
- 7,850 Acres Transferred by Federal Lands to Parks for Local Parks and Recreation (since 1948) »
- 19,934 Hours Donated by Volunteers »
- 2 National Heritage Areas »
- 1 National Trails Managed by NPS »
- 1,531 National Register of Historic Places Listings »
- 76 National Historic Landmarks »
- 6 National Natural Landmarks »
- 1,171 Places Recorded by Heritage Documentation Programs »
- 1,439,839 Objects in National Park Museum Collections »
- 107 Archeological Sites in National Parks »
- 7 Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plans »
- 6 Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itineraries »
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These numbers are just a sample of the National Park Service's work. Figures are for the fiscal year that ended 9/30/2016.