“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Rock Hill in York County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Nation Ford

Nation Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
circa November 9, 2007
1. Nation Ford Marker
Original trestle completed 1852 by Charlotte & South Carolina R.R. on site of ancient crossing known as the Nation Ford. Burning by Federals April 19, 1865, touched off sharp battle with Southern forces which resulted in Union retreat. trestle rebuilt after war. Washed away by flood on July 17, 1916; rebuilt in present form. traditional site of the Battle of Liberty Hill, last conflict between Catawba and Cherokee Indians. Sumter camped here July, 1780. Cornwallis here 1780. President Jefferson Davis crossed April 27, 1865, enroute west to reorganize the Confederacy.
Erected 1980 by York County Historical Society and the Southern Railway System.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraWar, US CivilWar, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is April 19, 1849.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 34° 59.075′ N, 80° 58.489′ W. Marker was near Rock Hill, South Carolina, in York County. Marker was on
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Cherry Road (Route 21). Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 3092 Cherry Rd, Rock Hill SC 29730, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 3 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Fort Mill (approx. 2.3 miles away); Confederate Park (approx. 2.3 miles away); To the Faithful Slaves (approx. 2.3 miles away); Women of the Confederacy Memorial (approx. 2.3 miles away); Catawba Indian Memorial (approx. 2.3 miles away); Fort Mill Confederate Memorial (approx. 2.3 miles away); Catawba Fort (approx. 2.4 miles away); Wilson House (approx. 2.4 miles away); Unity Presbyterian Church (approx. 2.6 miles away); World War II Memorial (approx. 2.7 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Nation Ford Land Trust. Nation Ford Land Trust is dedicated to the preservation of open spaces, natural beauty, and the scenic heritage of the York County, South Carolina area. Preserving these qualities will ensure that as our home grows, it retains the qualities that have made it a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family. (Submitted on September 4, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Nation Ford Greenway. At a time when York County is facing unprecedented growth, the Nation Ford Land Trust and the Trust for Public
Nation Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By M. L., circa November 9, 2008
2. Nation Ford Marker
Land began working together to develop a plan for preserving and linking open space within the area. The plan has evolved into a 30-mile greenway around the Town of Fort Mill, bordering Sugar Creek and the Catawba River. It has been named the Nation Ford Greenway, in honor of the historic Nation Ford Trail that linked the area to regions both north and south over 200 years ago. (Submitted on September 4, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
Additional commentary.
1. Sign Taken Down
Since expansion of the highway/bridge this sign has been removed from the area and has not been replaced.
    — Submitted January 19, 2019, by Michael Strahan of Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 4, 2008, by M. L. 'Mitch' Gambrell of Taylors, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,506 times since then and 201 times this year. Last updated on September 4, 2008, by M. L. 'Mitch' Gambrell of Taylors, South Carolina. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 4, 2008, by M. L. 'Mitch' Gambrell of Taylors, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 23, 2023