By Kristina Smith, Producer - Your Carolina - email
Walnut Grove Plantation Marks 250th Anniversary with FestiFall Revolutionary War Weekend Roebuck, SC, September 12, 2013 -- Sometime in 1763 -- 250 years ago -- Charles & Mary Moore stepped onto ground near the Tyger River in present-day Spartanburg County and carved out a home called Walnut Grove Plantation. For forty years, the Moore family and slaves worked the plantation, helped start the county's first church, and built one of the area's first schools. During the American Revolution, Loyalist William "Bloody Bill" Cunningham raided Walnut Grove, killed three Patriot soldiers, and sparked a skirmish with local militia. During FestiFall Revolutionary War Weekend, experience a re-enactment of Cunningham's raid, be transported back to colonial days, and relive the struggle for independence! This special weekend kicks-off with the FestiFall Friday Night Lantern Tour from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m on Friday, October 4. Enjoy a family-friendly tour to the plantation cemetery by lantern light. Along the way, meet Charles Moore, the builder of Walnut Grove, and Kate Moore Barry, a Patriot scout, as well as a variety of Patriot and Loyalist soldiers and colonial-era women. Lantern Tour admission is $5.00 per person age 4 or older. Space is limited. Reservations required.