Welcome to Colonial South Events. We are dedicated to hosting reenactments and living history events set in the Colonial and Revolutionary period. Our events are primarily focused on the eighteenth century, and allow visitors to experience history hands-on. Visitors experience Colonial encampments, pirate trials, parades, military drills, and more. It is our goal to create a memorable, interactive experience for both the guests and reenactors, and to educate others on the fascinating history of the Colonial period in the Southern colonies.
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Why Colonial History?
The Colonial period is the very foundations of our nation, and the Southern colonies (Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia) were a huge part of the British Colonial Empire. Unlike other colonies, the South was a heterogeneous society that relied on appeals to both liberty and prosperity to attract settlers. The South was home to Anglicans, French protestants, Jews, Muslims, Barbadians, Irish, Scots, Quakers, and enslaved Africans. In the late seventeenth century, the Southern colonies were still largely unpatrolled frontier, and events like pirate incursions and wars with Native Americans threatened the survival of a colony that boasted barely 400 people in it’s early years. By 1740, however, the South had become the economic powerhouse of Colonial Britain, and by 1770, Charles Towne was the fourth largest city in North America and by far the richest. Charles Towne’s influence was enormous, and as other colonies grew, they, too, would shape the face of America.
The influence of the South in the founding years of our country is most dramatically illustrated in the American Revolution. From 1779-1783, the Southern Campaign raged, and South Carolina saw 157 battles or skirmishes–more than any other state. More lives were lost and more debt incurred in South Carolina than any other state during the American Revolution. Battles in Georgia and North Carolina like the Siege of Savannah and the Battle of Guilford Courthouse were pivotal moments in the American Revolution. The Revolution began in Lexington and Concord, but the surrender at Yorktown was precipitated by blood shed in the Southern Colonies.
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Recent and Upcoming Events
February 17-18, 2018
On February 17-18, we are hosting the Siege of Charles Town at Mullet Hall. Click here to learn more!
June 10-11, 2017
June 2017 saw CCTFest, the first colonial reenactment in the lowcountry in 15 years! If you missed it, feel free to check out our photos and videos.