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Francis Marion Trail Commission offers tours of archaeology site

On April 14, the Francis Marion Trail Commission is offering public tours of an archaeology site in Marion County believed to have been occupied by General Francis Marion.

The tours of the archaeological work of Steven D. Smith, FMTC contractor and University of South Carolina archaeologist, will be on a possible Francis Marion site in the Britton's Neck area of Marion County.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the FMTC teamed up to initiate the excavation. Based on discoveries in preliminary surveys, Smith said the site is the possible location of a redoubt and camp used by General Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox" in 1780 and 1781. The site is near Dunham's Bluff on the Great Pee Dee River across from Snow's Island.

Guided tours of the site will be conducted at 9 and 11 a.m., and 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 14. The staging area for the tours is on Hwy. 378, nine miles east of the Hwy. 378 and Hwy. 41/51 intersection in Kingsburg. This intersection is approximately 30 miles south of FMU and three miles north of Johnsonville.

Parking is available. The tour is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Robert C. Barrett, executive director of the FMTC at 843-229-1136.

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Last Published: April 11, 2007 3:45 PM
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