Located on the main road between the Cherokee towns and Charleston, South Carolina, Ninety Six was a prosperous trading settlement in the early half of the eighteenth century. During the American Revolution, Ninety Six became a critical Loyalist outpost in the Carolina back country. Ninety Six witnessed the first land battle south of New England in 1775. The longest siege of the conflict occurred at Ninety Six in the early summer of 1781. The British eventually abandoned the post.