Originally created 03/13/98

Revolutionary War-era cannon returning to Summerville



HARLEYVILLE, S.C. -- An 800-pound, cast iron, Revolutionary War-era cannon will be returned to Four Holes Swamp where it was found more than 50 years ago.

The cannon will be placed in a county park that will be built where U.S. Highway 78 and U.S. Highway 178 fork just past the swamp in Dorchester County.

It will become a stop on the statewide Heritage Corridor trail.

County Administrator Ed Carter coordinated the move, and the county won a $4,000 state parks grant to build the park.

The cannon was dug from the swamp by a road crew during the 1930s.

It evidently had been one of the guns at a mud-and-log post at a fought-over swamp crossing during the war.

The cannon was placed on a mount in a spot beyond the bridge, vandalized, then moved to the armory as a safeguard.

Haskell Parler, a historian who traces his ancestors back to a blacksmith who fought with Francis Marion, who was known as the "Swamp Fox," during the Revolution, said he thought the cannon belonged back in the swamp.

Parler wound up on a committee overseeing construction of the park.

The park is expected to feature a two-sided monument explaining the cannon's significance and pointing out the former location of Harley's Tavern, the 18th and 19th century successor to the post and predecessor to Harleyville at the site.

A park architect currently is at work on a design.

"I'm excited to see it finally coming back to where it started," Parler said. "It'll give this part of the county some historical significance, a stopping-off point."