Near Fort Mill in York County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
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.
Location. 34° 59.075′ N, 80° 58.489′ W. Marker is near Fort Mill, South Carolina, in York County. Marker is on Cherry Road (Route 21). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Mill SC 29715, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, 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 Catawba Indian Memorial (approx. 2.3 miles away); Fort Mill Confederate Memorial (approx. 2.3 miles away); Jefferson Davis's Flight South, April 26-27, 1865 (approx. 2.6 miles away); Unity Presbyterian Church (approx. 2.6 miles away); Jefferson Davis' Flight (approx. 3.7 miles away); Columbia Seminary Chapel (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Mill.
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 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.)
3. Nation Ford Historical Park. On August 22, 1960, Hon. Robert W. Hemphill of Chester, then representing the Fifth Congressional District, had placed in the Congressional Record an account of a ceremony establishing Nation Ford Historical Park. (Submitted on February 28, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • War, US Civil • War, US Revolutionary •
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