We have had some exciting outings so far this year to celebrate KVLT’s 30th anniversary! Here are some happenings this fall. Join us for one or for them all. Registration is currently unavailable .
REGISTRATION IS CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE. Here are instructions once it is available again. You will be required to input your name, email, phone and physical address. You will then pick your outing using the drop down menu. This must be done for each person attending. A confirmation email will be sent to you once you click submit. If you have any problems, registering, please call KVLT at 803-285-5801 for assistance.
August 25 (Thursday) 7-8:30pm – Speaker series with Doug Bostick
A program on The Liberty Trail, which includes sites in Lancaster County, will be Thursday, August 25 at 7 pm at the Carole Ray Dowling Center, 509 Hubbard Drive in Lancaster. The program is co-sponsored by the Katawba Valley Land Trust, as part of its Speakers Series, and the Lancaster County Historical Commission, which operates the Historic Courthouse Museum in Lancaster. The speaker is Doug Bostick, Executive Director and CEO of the South Carolina Batttleground Preservation Trust, which protects South Carolina historic military sites. In Lancaster County, The Liberty Trail connects to Hanging Rock battlefield, south of Heath Springs, and to Buford’s Massacre site, or Battle of the Waxhaws, nine miles east of Lancaster.
September 10 (Saturday) 10-11:30am – Interpretation Hike at Battle of Camden battlefield by Rick Wise
Put yourself back in history. Join us for a morning hike on an actual battlefield site from the Revolutionary War. Rick Wise from the South Carolina Battleground Trust will lead us through the Battle of Camden and how the landscape played a role. We will walk through areas of the battlefield during his talk and also hear about any future plans for this site that is protected by KVLT through a conservation easement.
Following KVLT’s outing, we invite you to continue your history day just down the road at Historic Camden. There will be actors and interpreters at various stations recreating history. This is open to the public but they have offered KVLT the opportunity for our own personal guided hike. Admission is $5 into Historic Camden but there is no additional fee to join our privately led interpretive hike. Of course you can also just wander around on your own to check it out at your own pace. Across the parking lot is the new Revolutionary War Museum so be sure to check that our while you are there too.
October 9 (Sunday) 3-6pm ANNUAL MEETING at historic Craig Farm
We are excited to say that the KVLT annual meeting will be held at one of our easement sites in Lancaster County- the historic Craig Farm. Additional Craig family members just recorded a conservation easement with KVLT this year protecting another 62 acres of the Craig Farm so the location seems very fitting.
We are also excited that Rudy Mancke will be our speaker for this event!
We will kick off some nature hikes and socializing around 3pm with the meeting to start around 4pm. Individual dinners will be provided following the meeting so be sure to stay, chat and eat before calling it an evening.
Registration and payment is required for this event so an email will be sent to all members when registration is back open. that information will be provided in a future email and here on the website.
Stay tuned for a possible SC Land Trust Day event
November 6 (Sunday) 2-3:30pm Interpretation of the historic Nitrolee Arc building with Barry Beasley
In the early years of the twentieth century, between a peninsula on Fishing Creek and the Catawba River in Lancaster County, industrial giants James B. Duke and William States Lee sought to create nitrogen for the manufacture of fertilizer. The Southern Electro-Chemical plant in Nitrolee, SC was started in 1911 and operated between 1910 and 1916. Today, there are still ghostly remains of the old fertilizer plant on the banks of Fishing Creek. Dr. Beasley will lead a short hike to the ruins of the old plant and talk about the history while we are there. We will also get a chance to see the beautiful flora and fauna of the area as we talk and walk. This area will mainly be on uneven ground in the woods with no bathrooms so plan accordingly. Meet at 552 Catawba River Rd. Great Falls, SC 29055 in the parking area.