Revolutionary War Weekend
A historic weekend celebration is in danger of being canceled if the government continues its shutdown.
The 2nd Upstate Revolutionary War Weekend was scheduled for October 4-7. But with all national parks shutdown, there may not be a celebration.
"The sad thing is, visitors into our county won't get to visit Cowpens National Battlefield, Kings Mountain National Battlefield, and parts of the Overmountain Victory Trail," says Pam Foxx, executive director of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce. "Last year, they had the first..and it was the largest single day event for each of the properties."
Cherokee County is the only county in the nation with three national parks within its borders, and all of them center around Revolutionary War sites.
Events planned for the weekend included battle re-enactments, lectures and guided tours. Volunteers and park rangers won't get to teach that kind of history unless Congress can end the shutdown and fund national parks before this weekend.
"It's a loss for each and every citizen of the nation that can't make it to a national park because it's closed. And it's a huge loss for us as civil servants. We do this because we love doing this," says John Slaughter, National Parks Superintendent of Cowpens National Battlefield and Ninety-Six National Historic Site. "To not be able to provide those services to Americans, it's America's greatest idea. It's YOUR America...that's a loss."
Some elements of the weekend's festivities will go on, no matter what happens with the government shutdown. The Revolutionary War Symposium and Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, because it's a county-sponsored event being held at Cherokee County History & Arts Museum, which is privately funded. And events at Walnut Grove Plantation in Spartanburg County are still planned to take place.
To learn more about the Revolutionary War Weekend, click here.