Ninety Six

Ninety Six was established in the early 1700s. It derived its name from the mistakan belief that it was 96 miles to the nearest Cherokee settlement of Keowee. The National Park Service operates the Ninety Six National Historic Site at the site of the original settlement.

Ninety Six figured prominently in the Anglo-Cherokee War and also in the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution. The first land battle of the Revolution south of New England was fought here in 1775, and in 1780 the British fortified the strategically important frontier town. From May 22 to June 18, 1781 Major General Nathanael Greene, with 1,000 patriot troops, staged the longest (yet unsuccessful) siege of the Revolutionary War against the 550 American Loyalists who were defending Ninety Six. This siege is described in the chapter Ninety-Six of the historic novel of Kenneth Roberts: Oliver Wiswell, 1940.

Today Ninety Six boast stately plantation and antebellum homes that beckon to tell their colorful history. Lake Greenwood stretches through this historic town and boast new upscale developments such as Grand Harbor, The Plantation, Belle Rive and others. Allow one of Greenwood Realty’s experienced agents to tour you through this historic treasure today and we are sure you will love our scenic historical area as much as we do!

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