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Old Fort Prince

The site of old Fort Prince is now the location of the Fort Prince Memorial Gardens Cemetery.  The site is a few miles northwest of Spartanburg and is near the intersection of Fort Prince Road and Fort Prince Boulevard, near Exit 72 of Interstate Highway 85.  The cemetery was established in 1975.

This Fort like several other forts in this area, had originally been constructed to provide protection against the Cherokees.  During the Revolution the fort was fought over by Whig and Tory forces.  After the fall of Charleston, Fort Prince was taken over by British forces commanded by Colonel Alexander Innes.  On 17 July 1780, Tory forces fleeing from their defeat at the Battle of Cedar Springs, were attacked by Whig troops commanded by Captain Edward Hampton at a point about five miles from Fort Prince.  The Tories were hard pressed by the Whigs and were chased all the way back to the safety of the fort.

 

Street signs located about 100 yards from the site of old Fort Prince.

 

Cemetery sign bordering on Fort Prince Road.

 

Entrance gate to the cemetery.

 

The Cross Monument located in the center of the cemetery.

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