The Ninety Six National Historic Site preserves the original site of Ninety Six, South Carolina, a small town established in the early 18th century. It encompasses 1,022 acres of property. The origin of the name Ninety Six is not certain. Some say it is the distance to a Cherokee town but the milage does not equate, the other explanation is that it derives from two nearby streams one with nine tributaries and one with six. There was a star fort here at the time of the Revolutionary War it was the site of South Carolina’s first land battle of the war. The area was a loyalist stronghold during the war and there were several battles and skirmishes. A trail from the visitor center takes you to the remains of the fort and there are several other trails throughout the property.