CHM Recieves Achievement of Excellence Award

May 6, 2015

Culture and Heritage Museums Garners “Achievement of Excellence Award” for American Revolutionary Battle Research, Interpretation, and Exhibit

McCONNELLS, SC – Culture and Heritage Museums has received the distinctive “Achievement of Excellence” award from the Confederation of South Carolina Local Historical Societies. The award honors Culture and Heritage Museums’ research, interpretation, and exhibits that make up Historic Brattonsville’s Huck’s Defeat battlefield trail project. The project’s preservation and interpretation of the Carolina Backcountry’s American Revolutionary War site commemorates a pivotal event in the birth and growth of the United States.

On April 10, 2015 Shawn Beckwith, Historic Brattonsville’s preservation coordinator, accepted the “Achievement of Excellence” award on behalf of Culture and Heritage Museums during the Confederation’s annual awards banquet at the South Carolina Landmark Conference in Oconee, SC. The Confederation established its awards program to recognize member organizations, individuals, and other entities for outstanding work in promoting and preserving South Carolina’s heritage. The “Achievement of Excellence” award was presented to Culture and Heritage Museums for “Huck’s Defeat Battle Research, Interpretation, and Exhibit” as a significant and innovative project that furthers the mission of the organization and the cause of local history.

Each year the Confederation of South Carolina Local Historical Societies has the option of selecting one of their Award of Merit nominations that is deemed worthy of special recognition and presenting that nominee with an Achievement of Excellence award, according to Michael Scoggins, historian for Culture and Heritage Museums. “This Achievement of Excellence award is for projects that go above-and-beyond the normal Award of Merit, as recognized by our peers in the culture and heritage field in South Carolina.”

Regarding the efforts involved in the battlefield trail project, Carey Tilley, executive director of Culture and Heritage, expressed “I am very proud that we have the opportunity to preserve this site and to tell its story. The discovery, preservation and interpretation of the battlefield represents years of research and attention to detail accompanied by some amazing artwork. The Confederation’s Achievement of Excellence Award is a special honor and I greatly appreciate this recognition of the work of our staff, consultants, and artists that went into the project.”

The exact location of the battlefield was lost to history for over one hundred years; between 2006 and 2012 extensive archeological research and three field surveys were conducted by Culture and Heritage Museums to locate the sites. Tilley points out “Our historian, Michael Scoggins, did some excellent detective work in determining the exact location of the field of battle and deserves most of the credit for its discovery.”

Opened throughout the year, Historic Brattonsville’s new interpretive battlefield trail project tells the story of the battle of Huck’s Defeat and offers visitors a connection to the way of life in the 18th century Carolina Backcountry. The battlefield trail first opened to the public with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July12, 2014 during the annual reenactment event of the battle of Huck’s Defeat. The new quarter-mile gravel trail provides an enhanced public access to the once-forgotten battlefield site and gives the visitor a place for quiet reflection on the history and sovereign terrain of the Carolina Backcountry. Within the site’s visitors center the story is told through an exhibition of artifacts collected from the battlefield site, a short film featuring a dramatic reenactment of the battle of Huck’s Defeat, and historically-accurate, commissioned artwork that illustrates the story of the American Revolution in the Carolina Backcountry.