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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Lee County Historical Society Meeting Tuesday September 14, 2010


Historical society hosts Bob Barrett

Lee County Historical Society Meeting 7pm Tuesday September 14, 2010

Director of the Francis Marion Trail Commission, Bob Barrett is a history detective, a practical archaeologist and a heritage site developer. Researching the details of the small but mighty life of Revolutionary War Gen. Francis Marion, especially his campaign experiences in South Carolina, Barrett has collected revealing tales of "the Swamp Fox." He will share some of these stories at the Lee County Historical Society meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, in the conference room of the South Carolina Cotton Museum, Bishopville. He will also bring artifacts from various sites.

Marion, a colorful native son of S.C., and an American hero, was not only an extraordinary military strategist but also a leader of exemplary character, moral principles and physical strength. Still a worthy role model today, the Swamp Fox is often credited with helping to win the revolutionary War because he was instrumental in stopping the British conquest of the South. The trail that Barrett and the FMTC are developing traces Marion’s important movements in eastern South Carolina.

The goals of this trail project, created by a 2005 act of the S.C. Legislature, are educational and economic. The trail will comprise interpretive sites and sponsor programming and resources for teachers, students and researchers that increase understanding of this critical part of our state and national history. Thousands of artifacts have been collected from 20 active archaeological sites with even more sites already identified.

Barrett’s presentation on Francis Marion, both the man and the trail, is open to all as part of the Lee County Historical Society’s monthly schedule of speakers.

There is no admission fee for the meeting. A federal grant from the Humanities Council, S.C. allows the Lee County Historical Society to invite speakers of special interest to the Lee County community.

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