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Francis Marion Advocates - Swamp Fox Murals - Francis Marion Symposium - Francis Marion Trail

  Rev. History & Murals - Clarendon County, in the middle of South Carolina  

Swamp Fox Murals Trail       
        Historic Murals  | Revolutionary History  |  Manning, Summerton, Turbeville 

2017 - 2018  Events in & around Clarendon County, SC:  Manning, Turbeville, Summerton  adjacent to I-95:

Clarendon & Swamp Fox Murals Trail Society homepage

SALES page - Marion related items for sale


      “Clarendon County Tour” history tour App at  or on Google Play apps store, follow the tour of Historic markers,

    Old cemeteries and Churches or Restaurants; come tour in Clarendon County.  Individual Tours of Clarendon & Marion sites

   by appointment: 803-478-2645   

    Clarendon County Historical Society Museum: Thursday - Friday: 1-4; Saturday 10-2 (on Facebook): 803-433-0328  

   Alcolu Preservation Society: original "Alcolu Mill House": on the grounds of Clarendon Baptist Church:  open Wednesdays 1-6 PM

 by the "Alcolu Preservation Society" (on Facebook):  803-473-7110

  Turbeville History Center: Historical Pictures and Story Telling: Main St, Turbeville: 843-659-2781: By appointment

  Lake Marion Artisans Gallery: 108 Main St., Summerton: open Thursday & Friday 11-3, Saturday: 10-2: 803-478-8284

  Clarendon Archives: Sylvia Clark's Clarendon History Book: $35 & If These Walls Could Talk: $20: 803-435-0328


            2017 - 2018  

    Thursdays: Summerton Rotary Club  meets for breakfast every Thursday, 7:15 AM at St Matthias Episcopal Church, 9 N. Dukes St., except the 5th Thursday

    Summerton History & video by Peter Groen, editor of the Summerton Weekly News site and Lake Marion Artisans Gallery: Main St., Summerton.

   Summerton Book Exchange is at Summerton Town Hall & at Lake Marion Gallery: Thursday & Friday 11-3, Saturday: 10-2: 803-460-2716

                    December 2017 Clarendon Events   -  Character Word for December: Compassion

 Enjoy Christmas Concerts in your favorite Churches & Schools 

 Permanent RX (Prescription) Drop Box in Clarendon County at the Sheriff’s Office

 Now- Dec 7  Buy a donation for Summerton Rotary School projects, see Rock and others

 Now- March  Buy a donation-ticket for EPRM DAR quilt chances,  stop by Cyndi’s Today’s Styles:

                           5 for $20, drawing in March or 803.478.2645  

 Now - March 1, 2018  Migratory Bird Sanctuaries Closed: Santee NW Refuge: 803-478-2217


December 12, 1780  Battle of Half Way Swamp

Dec 13, 1636  National Guard Birthday  

Dec 13-14   Geminids meteor showers

Dec 14 -Jan 5, 18  National Audubon Society's 118th  Christmas Bird Count

Dec 14  Clarendon Christmas Spectacular by Carolina Dance Academy: $10 in advance & $12 at door: Weldon: 6:30 PM

Dec 14  Manning High Band, Symphonic Band & Chorale: MHS Gym: 6:30

Dec 14   Clar. Chamber BAH Christmas Party by FTC at Joe Witt’s Airport: 6-8 PM  803-435-4405

Dec 14, 1782  British evacuation of CharlesTown, SC 

    Major General William Moultrie wrote in his memoirs (1802): "This fourteenth day of December, 1782, ought

    never to be forgotten by the Carolinians; it ought to be the day of festivity with them, as it is the real day of their deliverance and independence."

Dec 15, 1791 Bill of Rights Day 

Dec 15 Human Rights Day 

Dec 16  Church Security Briefing  10 am – noon: Clarendon County Sheriff's Office: active-shooter training program for all the county's church leaders, pastors, ushers and support personnel: Weldon Auditorium: contact Rosdail at Clarendon County Sheriff's Office:  (803) 435-4414 or

Dec 16  Book Signing for Fireflies & Lies by Vicki Wilkerson; 11 AM-2: Wen Lily's Cafe & Gift Shop, Summerton

Dec 17, 1903  Wright Brothers' First Flight 

Dec 17, 17 Field House Dedication & Ribbon Cutting: MHS: 3:30 - 5:30 Ramsey Stadium, Clar. District 2, Manning

Dec 18  - Jan 2, 2018   LMA, School Districts 1, 2, 3, CH Holidays - NO School  

Dec 20   Stories with Santa 3 pm, for the whole family and after Santa stories, everyone can meet Santa

              and have their picture taken: Clarendon Library 803-435-8633

Dec 21, 1620  Pilgrims Landed  

Dec 21    Winter Begins - Shortest Day of the Year  

Dec TBA  Christmas Bird Count Santee NW Refuge  Irvin Pitts:

Dec 25  Have a wonderful Family Holy Season.  Merry Christmas

Dec 26-Jan 1, 2018  Kwanzaa

Dec 26 Canadian Boxing Day

Dec 28, 17  Swamp Fox Murals Trail 16th  Anniversary of First Mural for History throughout Clarendon County

Dec 30    Messiah Sing Along  at 7PM, New Covenant Presbyterian Church , Hwy 301, Manning, SC

Dec 31, 1781  Bank of North America established

Dec 31   Happy New Year's Eve


  HAPPY NEW YEAR - 2018 National Skating Month

    Character Word for January: Gratitude

   While they last: Sylvia Clark's Clarendon History Book: $35 & If These Walls Could Talk: $20 @ Archives: 803-435-0328

Summerton Rotary Club meets for breakfast every Thursday, 7:15,  at St Matthias Episcopal Church, 9 N. Dukes St., except the 5th Thursdays

Wednesdays, 18  PreSchool Storytime: 10:30 AM: Harvin Clarendon County Library: 803-435-8633

Storytime for Children under 5 years old will take place every Wednesday at the library at 10:30am

Jan 1, 2018  HAPPY NEW YEAR

Jan  2018 T'ville Baseball & Softball League APPLICATIONS DUE  BY FEB 10, 2018.  Town Hall: 843-659-2781 & Recreation Bldg: 843-659-3030

Jan 1, 1752 Betsy Griscom Ross' birthday

Jan 2, 18 Supermoon

Jan 3-4, 18 Quadrantids meteor showers

Jan 3, 18   All Clarendon Districts 1,2 3, LMA students return,   ? Jan 11 for Adult Ed

Jan 4, 18 Knit Night on the first Thursday, each month 5 to 7 pm. Folks are invited to come and bring a knitting project, cross stitch, or any other lap project/craft to work on: Clarendon Library: 803-435-8633

Jan 5, 18 National Bird Day

Jan 6, 18   Day of Epiphany: Epiphany, the 12th day after Christmas, celebrates the visit of the three kings or wise men to the Christ Child

Jan 6, 1759  G. Washington Marries Martha D. Custis At Mount Vernon

Jan 7  Russian Orthodox Christmas Day

Jan 8, 18 & Feb 5, 18 Library Book Club: 5:15pm Come join us for refreshments and lively discussion about our book for the month. Free copies of each month’s book available Clarendon Library – ask at the front desk. 803-435-8633 January title: TBD

Jan 8 & 9, 18   Enrollment and testing for new students at Clarendon County Adult Education: 8:30 or 5: Contact Lisa 803-473-2531 for more info

Jan 9, 1913 Richard Nixon's birthday

Jan 9-Feb, 18 Rocket Girls Opening, Cultural Arts Center & display at 4 Main, Summerton

Jan 10   Annual Girl Scout Cookie Program  Sales Begin

Jan 10   Islamic New Year

Jan 11, 1755   Alexander Hamilton's Birthday

Jan 11, 18   Clarendon County Adult Education – Spring semester classes resume for returning students &  registration for new students at 8:30 am and 5 pm.  Registration includes placement testing and day one of our orientation process.  Please be prepared to stay for at least two hours: FE DuBose/CCTC: 803-473-2531

Jan 12-14, 18   Chamber of Commerce 2018 Retreat EVERYONE is Welcome, Savannah: Register by Dec 9: 803-435-4405

Jan 13, 18    Electronic E-Waste Recycling Event: 9 AM-1 PM: & “Shred- with- Us” Clarendon Admin Parking Lot, Manning: 803-433-4004

Jan 13-14, 18   237th  Battle of Cowpens Encampment: Cowpens NP, SC

January 14, 1943  Churchill & Roosevelt meet in Casablanca  

Jan 14, 18 Human Relations Day

Jan  15  Baptism of Jesus  

Jan 15, 1967 First Super Bowl football game

Jan 15, 18  Martin Luther King, Jr. (Jan 15, 1929) Holiday:  

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service: TBA City of Manning, with a Day of Service.  Give back to your community 803-435-8477 ext 5132 or Jennifer Powell at the Council on Aging at 803-435-8593.

January 17, 1991 Desert Storm Air War began

Jan 17, 1706  Benjamin Franklin's Birthday

January 17, 1781 Battle of Cowpens, Morgan defeated Tarleton.  (Marion not involved)

Jan 18, 18   Clarendon Historical Society: Program: TBA,  @  Clarendon County Admin. Bldg., 7:30 PM: 803-435-0328

? Jan 20, 18   Oyster, BBQ & Catfish Stew Benefit for Montessori School: Flowers' Tomato Shed, S'ton: 6 PM: ?$40 (northside Hwy 301 between Summerton and I-95)  Tickets: St. Matthias: 803-485-2504 Hwy 301N, Summerton:  435-4032 / 485-2504  

Jan 22, 18   Elizabeth Peyre Richardson Manning Chapter NSDAR meets Manning 1st Baptist Church: 5 PM: 803-473-2054  or 803-473-3028

Jan 24, 1907  First Boy Scout Troop organized

Jan 27, 18   International Holocaust Day -annually

Jan 28, 1915  US Coast Guard Established

Jan 28, 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger Remembrance

Jan 29, 1937   Ducks Unlimited incorporated  

January 29, 1756 Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee's Birthday (Died March 25, 1818)

Jan 30, 1882  F.D. Roosevelt's Birthday  

Jan 31, 18 Supermoon & Blue Moon & Total Lunar Eclipse




                                  Miniature of General Francis Marion is this lapel pin with memorial card:Francis Marion's 2nd SC Crest in a lapel pin                                   
General Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox, New Original Pin In the American Revolution, Francis Marion stepped forward with little

but his passion for liberty and strength of Intellect.  
He led a force of patriots that set the stage for the British defeat at Yorktown.   
Loved by his followers, respected by his enemies, 

he is one of the foremost heroes of our War for Independence.  
Known as the Swamp Fox for taking refuge in the forests and swamps,
he is considered one of the fathers of modern guerilla warfare and

   credited in the lineage of the United States Army Rangers.
©2008              Miniature of the 2nd SC Regiment, Marion Crest from the leather helmet is this lapel pin.





In 2017, Jarron, a National History Day student,

 won Idaho state for his division,

with his presentation on the

Swamp Fox, Francis Marion,

Taking a Stand in History,

someone hidden in history that was a hero.

He presented Francis Marion at

Nationals & at the Smithsonian for a day,

congratulations, from SC to Idaho.


       2017 SAR Americanism poster contest subject:  Col. Isaac Hayne (poster for SAR contest)

       2016 SAR Americanism poster contest subject:  The Battle of Fort Sullivan

       2015 SAR Americanism poster contest subject:  George Rogers Clark or Lexington and Concord

       2014 SAR Americanism poster contest subject:  General Francis Marion; 

                      10 participants from Manning Elementary & LMA in 2014:



      Winner at LMA is Taylor L, a 6th grader at LMA

      Winning poster sent April 5, 2014 to the SC SAR convention from Col Matthew Singleton Chapter SAR

is by Mikalyn R winner at MES   

 (front row, second from the left, poster below), posters are on display

  at the Clarendon Historical Society Museum, 102 S. Brooks St., Manning, SC:








   Swamp Fox  Murals Trail Society  

          from Francis Marion Advocates: Pushing back the frontier of ignorance. 

  Download the new “Clarendon County Tour” history tour app here or on Google Play apps store,

          follow the tour at home and come tour in Clarendon County.


    The Swamp Fox Mural, "Reflections", SE corner of Mill St & Rigby St., Manning, SC

(Prints available - Sales page)


  Swamp Fox Welded Sculpture

  at FE DuBose Campus/CCTC, Manning, 2012

  Thanks to the welding students, and Axel and Mark.  Here's the Clarendon Citizen, story & Axel who created this:   See Konstantin's Clarendon Citizen Article


     Attention: 4 History wayside markers:

     1st marker unveiled March 2, 2012:

     Ox Swamp marker: where Marion got  "Swamp Fox" moniker near Pocotaligo Swamp:

     Ms Land, Dr. Hardee, Chairman Stewart, Mayor Nelson.

          Visit  Clarendon Museum & History Center:Old flag flying  See Museum's Facebook: Clarendon-County-Historical-Society-Museum

        And webpage Clarendon County History   102 S. Brooks St. (adjacent to Bank of Clarendon), Manning 
           Open: Thurs & Fri 1-4 & Sat. 10-2
: 803-435-0328, 803-433-0328

           Clarendon County History Books @ Clarendon County Archives: 803-435-0328

          Archives Index of past Symposium DVDs and order form.

Francis Marion by Ms. McGill in painting prints for the Francis Marion Trail Commission

 Mrs. Peggy McGill has created this painting of
General Francis Marion in a South Carolina swamp, 2009.
This print, 21" x 35" plus a white border,
was done for the Francis Marion Trail.

Loved by his followers, respected by his enemies,
Marion is one of the foremost heroes of our War for Independence.


       Call or email your request: 803-478-2645  or  for prices and shipping costs.

   2nd SC Marion's crest on a golf shirt

 Get your golf shirt with the Francis Marion "crest" embroidery or order your own silver crescent.

 General Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox, New Original PinCall to order or email: 803-478-2645 or  Francis Marion's 2nd SC Crest in a lapel pin
 Send check to: Swamp Fox Murals Trail Society  
PO Box 667, Manning, SC 29102
If you prefer to charge to a credit card, we can.

   S&H will be added, Minimum order is $10 and $2 shipping and handling


               Francis Marion  (<- left) lapel pin  $6

                                                                             Marion Liberty Crest  (right ->) lapel pin  $6

    Mural Prints:
         The Patriot and The Redcoat Mural Prints -   
                           - Set of 2 scenes (11" x 14" each): $30

         The Battle of Wyboo Swamp Mural Prints -    
                           - Set of 3 scenes (17" x 11" each): $45
         The Burning of Mouzon's Mural Prints -       
                           - Set of 4 scenes (11" x 14" each): $45
        The Reflections Mural Prints -            
                    - One scene (approx. 11" x 14" each): $15

        The Fort Watson Mural Prints -         
                           - Set of 4 scenes (approx. 11" x 14" each): $45

          McGill's General Francis Marion print, 21" x 35" with white border,
                          to benefit the Francis Marion Trail:   $100

       New Price  Swamp Fox T-shirts,  size M-XL: $18  Newly Reduced
                 Golf Shirt with Crest, size M-XL: $18 
         Chasing Swamp Fox SCETV DVD $25  Newly Reduced

    Flag Liberty  $20      
    Copies old Maps $10      
    Jacob's Ladder $6      
    Liberty Tree Medal $10      
    Tricorne Hats   $7
    Mob Cap    $9

    Get post cards or bookmarks of the historic murals.
      Bookmarks for Manning, Paxville, Summerton & Turbeville and postcards of some murals.
      These are inexpensive gifts showing scenes of history with Francis Marion.
    Ask about: Hand-Made Pipes, Hand-Made Shawls, Decorated hawks, Decorated Powder Horns, Hand-Painted Rev. Soldiers

                     "Chasing the Swamp Fox" by SCETV in DVD ($25) Newly Reduced


"Francis Marion Symposium" DVDs ( some only run on the computer): #1 (2003), #2 (2004), #3 (2005), #4 (2006), #5 (2007), #6 (2008), #7 (2009 - limited), # 8 (2010), #9 (2011), #10 (2012), #11 (2013) Videos/DVDs:  $15 each or 2 for $25.  (Starting 2014, 5 or 6 discs, so $25 for a set:)12th (2014) Francis Marion/Swamp Fox Symposium DVDs, JD's work on web.   FM Symposium Video is 6 disc & cost $25 for the set from Oct 23-24, 2015, FM Symposium Video is 6 disc & cost $25 for the set from Oct 21-22, 2016 (Complete sets of FM Symposium DVDs at Clarendon Archives: 803-435-0328)

      Archives Index of past Symposium DVDs and order form.

  Francis Marion murals and sites map in Clarendon County, SC

Maps: Locate Us & Our Murals


  Make check to: Swamp Fox Murals Trail Society

  PO Box 667,  Manning, SC 29102

  The Swamp Fox Murals Trail Society is a 501(c)(3), non-profit.

Call or email your request: 803-478-2645  or

Hand-Made Full Quilt in Meadow Morning pattern to benefit the Swamp Fox Murals Society Quilting Ladies made this beautiful quilt for the Murals Society.

     Thanks to Nell & the Clarendon Heart-in-Hand Quilting Club: 
  Betty, Thomasyne, Evelyn, Cathy, Debbie,  Monika & Carolyn; 

  here's the beautiful Murals Society quilt in Meadow Morning pattern.
  Donald Hardy won this treasure 4-28-07.
  Thanks for all the support.






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