Saturday, September 10, 2016

Santee Indian Mound & Fort Watson - Field Trip

One gorgeous day, our family headed to Santee National Wildlife Refuge.

A few years ago, the children and I had made the trip out there, but Brad had been unable to join us.  Wanting him to have the opportunity to experience the history and beauty of the area, we were thrilled he had this chance to go with us this time!  We started in the Visitor Center.  Here they have lots of information, as well as exhibits that are realistic of what may be seen in the area.

We then drove down to the Indian Mound.  The Indian Mound served as a ceremonial site and burial ground for the Santee Indians.  It is believed to be at least a thousand years old.  In the late 1700s, during the Revolutionary War, however, the mound was used as a British outpost they called Fort Watson.  This was an ideal spot as it looked down the Santee River as well as the road to Charleston.  General Francis "Swamp Fox" Marion and his troops, along with others, forced the surrender of Fort Watson in 1781.  It was the first British fort to fall!

After looking over the mound, we headed back to the car for a quick lunch and then off for our hike.  At the visitor center, we checked out a backpack with a pair of binoculars and scavenger hunt sheets.  The children were quite excited to see tracks as we walked, to watch the squirrels, the ducks, and the insects, while checking things off their list.  One thing I will miss from this area are the cypress knees!  I just find them to be such an amazing testimony to God's love and attention for His creation!

For those in the area, this really is a peaceful, low pressure field trip that our children absolutely love!!!  It is a great combination of both history and science, a win-win in our book!

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