Today’s one night stand brings us 8 miles north of South Carolina’s southern boarder. Tomorrow we will travel through Georgia to our last one night stand, Florida.
Fayetteville, N. C. to Hardeeville, South Carolina: 250.1 miles
5 hours 30 minutes
This should be the last night of cold weather, as tomorrow we will be in sunny Florida. We are not doing any sightseeing, as the object is to get out of the cold weather. We are spending our days organizing the Sphinx, as we just threw everything in when we left Maryland since the temperatures were in the single digits.
Raleigh, NC to Walterboro, SC: 236.5 miles
4 hours 58 minutes
I mentioned in previous posts (Day 234) the Battle of Kings Mountain, the revolutionary war battle that changed the course of the war. Today we hiked the mountain and the battlefield. The Battle of Kings Mountain was a decisive victory in South Carolina for the Patriot militia over the Loyalist militia. The battle took place on October 7, 1780 and lasted only 65 minutes.
The interesting thing about this battle, no British regulars or Continental Army regulars took part in the battle. It was fought by British Loyalists (Tories) and Patriot Frontiersmen, the Over-Mountain Men (Whigs).
As you might recall, the Over-Mountain men were Frontiersman from western North Carolina (now parts of Tennessee) who did not partake in the Revolutionary War because of their remoteness. However, Maj. Patrick Ferguson was assigned to protect the left flank of Cornwallis’s army, who was trying to capture North and South Carolina. Ferguson sent out a declaration that if any frontiersmen interfered with him, he would come over the mountains, hang their leaders, and put their homes to the sword and torch. This pissed them off. They gathered, bringing their hunting rifles and horses. They were experienced fighters from their conflicts with the indians. Ferguson chose the top of Kings Mountain as his vantage point. However, at the time there were no trees at the top of the mountain, and the silhouette figures made excellent targets for the frontier sharpshooters.
The mountain was not named for King George, but for Samuel King, an early settler in the area.
Tidbit of information: John Crockett, father of Davy Crockett, fought in this battle.
Mebane, NC to Blacksburg, SC 168.3 miles
3 hours 29 minutes
Dillon, South Carolina, is a train whistle stop. In 1882 the Florence Railroad Company was building it’s line from Florence, South Carolina to the North Carolina State line. It had right-of-way problems when it reached the land owned by J.W. Dillon. The issue was resolved with Mr. Dillon granting the railroad a one half interest in 65 acres of his land on the condition that the railroad build a depot on the land, and lay out a town. The boundaries of the town are 1/2 mile around the train station.
When we visited the town they were having their annual “Dillon Celebrates Main Street” festival. It included lots of food, displays, and a car show.
The Courthouse did not display a tribute to the Confederacy, but the stars and bars and the Sons of the Confederacy were well represented.
Barbara could not resist adjusting the carburetor
Charleston SC to Dillon SC: 170.9 miles
3 hours 29 minutes
Day 10 & 11
Florence, South Carolina, is a dinky little town, which appears to be totally under some sort of construction. We parked in the RV campground, set up our unit and took off to get some dinner at places recommended by our hostess. The first place was closed. The second place we went to seek our supper was completely blocked by construction. Finally we were able to get our dinner at Jersey Boys’ Pizza. A small place with a few table and chairs, but mostly catering to take out. They had the best pizza. We ordered a 16″ cheese steak pizza, which appeared to be much larger. I guess Domino’s uses a different measurement for their 16″. Two pieces, and I was full. The rest is now a midnight snack waiting to happen.
Four Oaks to Florence 123 miles
2 hours 41 minutes
Diesel: 1.84 gallon