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“Thirteen Original Colonies Bicentennial Covered Wagon Train”

 
 
“Thirteen Original Colonies Bicentennial Covered Wagon Train” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, May 19, 2012
1. “Thirteen Original Colonies Bicentennial Covered Wagon Train” Marker
Inscription. Front

The state of Pennsylvania authorized the “Thirteen Original Colonies Bicentennial Covered Wagon Train” as an official Bicentennial project. It was one of five such trains that traveled across the country to reach Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, for the 1976 July fourth Independence Day celebration, after having scouted ahead for overnight stops, the wagon train left Stone Mountain, Georgia, on April 1, 1976 under the direction of Pensacola, Florida native Harry Lee. When it arrived to the South Carolina border, the convoy was joined by State Wagon Master Dr. Larry Hudson and wagon teamsters Hennison Hartley and Woody Drury, as well as other South Carolinians. During the two week journey through the state, the caravan made several stops in Chester County where local horse enthusiasts joined on horseback and in wagons. Lewisville Mayor John B. McCrorey welcomed the group on May 6 as they camped overnight at the high school football field. The next day the wagon train traveled to the town park in Lowrys where they were greeted by Mayor Marion E. Johnson and other townspeople. Members of the North Chester Saddle Club dressed in period costumes to greet the visitors, while others held a quilting bee, demonstrated lye soap making, displayed antiques and patriotic quilts and served homemade vegetable soup from an
“Thirteen Original Colonies Bicentennial Covered Wagon Train” Marker Reverse image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, May 19, 2012
2. “Thirteen Original Colonies Bicentennial Covered Wagon Train” Marker Reverse
old iron pot to commemorate the bicentennial celebration. Lowrys Thursday Afternoon Book Club held an open house and dedicated the newly restored Circulating Free Library. An exhibition of arrow points, artifacts, implements and relics from the Robert J. Shannon Collection was displayed. To add to the festivities, seven Penn State University students who were traveling with the wagon train presented a 45-minute musical despite a downpour. Local residents who rode with the wagon train at various points along the way to Valley Forge included William and Betty Stephenson and their daughters Bonnie and Sherry, Neely Dove, along with Frank and Frances Stephenson. William and family finished the 6 week journey of the wagon train from Clarksville, Virginia to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Neely and wife Laverne, help look after their farm while they were away. On July 4, 1976, President Gerald Ford reviewed the state wagons and documents of signatures reaffirming the principles upon which America was founded. To keep the memory of that historic journey alive, members of the “Thirteen Original Colonies Bicentennial Covered Wagon Train” hold a reunion with a different state hosting the event each year.

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Lowrys Old Fashioned Christmas Parade
Featuring Unique Horse & Tractor Drawn Entries & Handmade Floats

25th Anniversary

Original
Overview image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, May 19, 2012
3. Overview
Coordinators: Nancy Stephenson Stewart, William Hall Stephenson

Started in December 1982
 
Erected 2007.
 
Location. 34° 48.401′ N, 81° 14.498′ W. Marker is in Lowrys, South Carolina, in Chester County. Marker is on South Carolina Route 909, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located in the Town of Lowrys Community Park. Marker is in this post office area: Chester SC 29706, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. McConnells (approx. 4.4 miles away); A House of Untold Stories (approx. 5.4 miles away); The Homestead (approx. 5.5 miles away); Brick Kitchen (approx. 5.5 miles away); Brattonsville (approx. 5.5 miles away); The Battle of Huck’s Defeat (approx. 5.5 miles away); William Bratton Plantation/Battle of Huck's Defeat (approx. 5.5 miles away); Field of Huck's Defeat (approx. 5.5 miles away).
 
Categories. Patriots & Patriotism
 
Artwork on the front of the marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, May 19, 2012
4. Artwork on the front of the marker
Artwork on the reverse of the marker image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, May 19, 2012
5. Artwork on the reverse of the marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,265 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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