Revolutionary War Fort Fairlawn in Moncks Corner to be preserved for generations

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A revolutionary war British fort in Berkeley County will be preserved for generations to come. An official ceremony was held today to announce the news. 
There are more than just hills of dirt in the woods of Moncks Corner. They are the walls of the old British Fort Fairlawn. The moat around the fort still holds water some 235 years after battles for our country’s independence took place there. 
Doug Bostick is the Executive Director of the SC Battleground Trust, one of the organizations that purchased the fort property. “The history of this site is immense. This site was occupied by Lord Cornwallis… (and) Banister Tarlton, the bad boy of the British Army, he was here, the 64th Regiment, the 84th regiment, the Highlanders, they were here.” It was attacked by “The Swamp Fox,” Francis Marion and Wade Hampton among others. “The fort was the main channel of troops and supplies of the British from Charlestowne going upstate. So this was the I-26 of 1780/1781, so the history is immense.”
Preservation organizations have been working on acquiring the property for years. It is next to the Old Santee Canal Park in Moncks Corner. It will one day be opened for visitors of the park to tour.
Dana Cumbie’s family has owned the land since the 1980s. “When I was a small child I read about General Francis Marion. I was just very interested in what he did for the country. His guerrilla warfare actually helped win the Revolutionary War.” Cumbie says it was interesting to learn that his family owned an old fort site that Gen. Marion had fought at. They held off selling the land for a number of years, before recently selling the site, along with 80 acres of land, to the preservation groups at a discount for one purpose. “Preservation of the fort. Being an old British fort, it’s very important to the community. So we wanted to be certain it was preserved.”
Officials plan to study the fort for the next year and after that time, they plan to open it to the public.

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