“Stop on George Washington Tour”
City Directories and History: Hanging Rock battle ground site. The marker reads: “Where on Aug 6, 1780 – Colonel Thomas Sumter defeated Major John Garden of the Prince of Wales American Regiment.”
Hanging Rock is applied to the area around Hanging Rock, a large rock which juts from a steep hillside. It is balanced in such a way that its heaviest portion hangs down hill, defying all laws of gravitation. The Hanging Rock section was settled just a year or so after the Waxhaws. The first grant was for a hundred acres made to William McKee in 1752. The Hanging Rock is shown and so named on the plat. The creek was marked as the Hanging Rock creek. The plat also shows a Catawba Indian path crossing the creek a few hundred yards above the rock. The battle fought nearby during the Revolutionary War is commemorated by a stone marker erected in 1948 by Waxhaws Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution of Lancaster. Sumter, Davie, and Hill were among the commanding officers of the battle which resulted in a victory for the Americans. The Hanging Rock area has been cleared and a road will soon be paved giving ready- access to this historic spot. (Information from: Names in South Carolina by C.H. Neuffer, Published by the S.C. Dept. of English, USC)
One of the few individuals killed at the battle was Wm. John Fairey of Colleton/Orangeburg District in lowcountry S.C.
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