Living History Days next week


Third-graders across Clarendon County and beyond will have the opportunity to experience South Carolina Revolutionary history hands on at the 9th Annual Francis Marion Living History Days.

The event will be held at Camp Bob Cooper in Summerton on Feb. 27-28. The dates are in late February each year near the date of Gen. Francis Marion's death on Feb. 27, 1795. All third-graders from Clarendon County and some of the surrounding areas have been invited.

More than 20 different stations will be set up for children to observe and learn about life in the American Revolutionary period, from Hessian and German soldiers to blacksmiths, quill writers, old pots and pans, tomahawk throwing, colonial clothing, crime and punishment and much more.

"The goal of this event is to show the history that the students are learning in living color," said George Summers, who co-founded the event with his wife, Carole Summers. "It's important for them to recognize the history of this area and appreciate what Francis Marion and his followers achieved here."

Francis Marion, also known as the "Swamp Fox," was a general who served in the American Revolutionary War in South Carolina. Acting with the Continental Army and the state's militia, he was a persistent adversary of the British in their occupation of the state, even after the Continental Army was driven out in the Battle of Camden. Because of his irregular methods of warfare, he is considered one of the fathers of modern guerrilla warfare and is credited in the lineage of the United States Army Rangers.

On the night of Friday, Feb. 27, a lantern walk, open to the public, will start at 6:15 p.m. The walk will take participants through the woods surrounding Camp Bob Cooper into the Revolutionary time, with different stations including militia, prisoners held in Charleston, a medical station and colonial-era clothing.

On Saturday, Feb. 28, re-enactor stations will be open to the general public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information on Francis Marion Living History Days, check out or contact George and Carole Summers at (803) 478-2645.