King's Mountain National Military Park
Not too far from Gaffney is King's Mountain National Military Park. The battle here was fought on 7 October 1780 and was the first major victory for the colonials after the British invaded Charleston in May of the same year. Many historians considered the Battle at King's Mountain a major turing point in the American Revolution. Interestingly enough, there were almost no Bristish here (just Major Patrick Ferguson who died here); the battle was entirely between Americans Patriots versus Loyalists (who supported the British). The battle was also unique because the loyalists used muskets and the patriots mostly used hunting rifles. Part of the reason the patriots won the battle was there superior knowledge of the area's terrain.
The park has a nice visitors center with several nice displays about the battle and a few neat dioramas. There is a 1 1/2 mile trail around the base of the mountain that is a bit steep at times. They are supposed to modify the trail to make it more accessible. There are several memorials and monuments in the park also along with picnic areas, a living history farm and camping.
I am working on a full King's Mountain Page under that name.
- Road Trip
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
On Hwy11 going towards Cowpens, keep an eye out for a sign to Furnace Mills. The small, brown sign is on the right hand side. Turn down the narrow, dirt/gravel road and watch for the rembrants of the mill on the left. It's not much to see, but is pretty all the same. There is a minute dam that sorta takes on the appearance of two miniscule water falls. And a brooke and broken water wheel also add to the scenery. Great place for photographers to practice their skills!