American Revolution History
York County is filled with rich history and battlefields from the American Revolution.
Your first stop is Historic Brattonsville. This 800-acre living history farm takes you back to life in the late 1700’s and 1800’s. Historic Brattonsville is also home to the site of the “Battle of Huck’s Defeat”. This battle took place July 12th, 1780. British forces had taken over the Bratton family farm, holding Colonel William Bratton’s family hostage. A slave named Watt, was able to leave the farm and warn Colonel Bratton about the British forces. On the morning of July 12th, Colonel Bratton was able to surprise Captain Christian Huck and defeat the British forces. This Battle was referred to as “the shot in the arm” the patriots needed to continue their efforts.
When searching for American Revolution history, Kings Mountain National Military Park is a must. The Battle of Kings Mountain in October of 1780, was considered the “turning point” of the Revolutionary War in the South. You can explore the National Military Park’s Visitor Center that includes a short film and exhibit area filled with artifacts. You can also walk the 1.5 paved battlefield trail that takes you to a monument that lists the names of those that fought in this important battle. The National Park holds a ceremony on each anniversary honoring those who lost their lives.