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Summerton Attractions: What to do & Places to Visit in Summerton
"We spend several hours exploring some of this amazing place. We first stopped at the visitor center in one of four areas this National Wildlife Refuge protects. A happy older couple greeted us outside and inside, and gave us directions to the different locations. There were the remains of a fort ..."and an Indian mound with a tall staircase that offered a great view of Lake Marion. The best part of the NWR was the wildlife drive, where we took our time to view many birds and several large alligators. This was one of the most scenic NWR drives, along with Merritt Island and Lower Suwannee NWRs in Florida.
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"This is an amazing site. Thank goodness it is still left to explore the early days of colonial America. Over a 1000 years ago the Santee Indians built this mound. The British took full advantage of its height to make it part of a string of forts from Charleston to Fort Motte, Camden and Ninety-Six. ..."Fort Watson overlooked the Santee River. After Sumter was rebuff with the fort's cannons, Watson took the cannons to chase after Gen. Marion in March 1781. Marion ended up chasing Watson to Georgetown eventually returning with Lt. Col. Light Horse Harry Lee in April 1781 to take the fort using Maham's log tower. The height of this fort made it impossible to assault from below. Col. Maham designed the tower and sent sharpshooters to the top. The British had to surrender! Had Watson left just one cannon, the British could have blasted Maham's Tower! The South Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution marked this site with a granite marker. You must go see it. You will learn more about Fran...
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"This is not a large park, but it's a great stop-off for us while we are on our way home (North Carolina). It's a quiet little refuge away from the hustle and bustle of I-95, yet it is within a couple of minutes from it. Highly recommend that you walk the circular hiking trail that takes about 25 m..."inutes to complete. You can see trees dripping with Spanish moss and the live oaks standing in water.
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