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The Battle of Cowpens took place on a frigid, early morning January 17, 1781. Daniel Morgan’s 600 Continental soldiers, with the aid of approximately 1000 militia, were able to defeat the dreaded Banastre “Bloody” Tarleton in a significant Revolutionary War battle that lasted roughly 20 minutes. The Battle of Cowpens turned the tide of the American Revolution in favor of the American Patriot forces.
Cowpens National Battlefield is approximately 845 acres and offers a one-mile walking loop that cuts through the heart of the battlefield, a 3-mile driving loop that is used by as many recreational enthusiasts as vehicles, a picnic area with several picnic sites and charcoal grills, abundant nature trails, and an 1828 log cabin that is preserved by the NPS.
The park is located about 3 miles from the town of Chesnee and 10 miles from the town of Gaffney, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Temperatures can be hot and muggy in summer; average highs in the lower - mid-90s. Winters are generally moderate with temperatures that can range from highs in the 30s to about 60 degrees. Spring and Fall bring very enjoyable temperatures.
Calling all history lovers! Cowpens National Battlefield is currently seeking volunteers to work in Visitor Services. Duties of this position include: • Work with other NPS to staff the visitor center information desk, to include opening & closing procedures as needed • Provide visitors with area information • Orient visitors to the park, to include informing them of programs that are offered • Operate audio-visual programs • Educate visitors of the historical significance of the park • Maintain accurate tally of visitors entering the visitor center and attending programs • Assist in operation of Junior Ranger Program • Assist in Eastern National bookstore operations • Ensure visitors have an understanding of park rules and regulations, and that these regulations are important to protect resources within the park and to ensure safety of visitors • Battlefield roving as needed • Answer frequently asked questions in person and over the phone • As needed, conduct park closing procedures using a government vehicle, to include informing visitors park is closing, locking gates and bathrooms, setting alarms, obtaining vehicle count numbers for the day • Provide assistance during special events • Must be willing to work weekends, holidays, and evenings • Volunteer uniform required- shirts and name tags are issued, slacks are required but not issued. Skills & Qualifications Required: • Must enjoy interacting with people and have great customer service skills • Must have a love of the knowledge of history, and be willing to learn about the Battle of Cowpens, the park’s history, and the resources that lie within the park • Must be able to learn cash register operations, including the accurate handling of money and credit card processes • Minimum age 18 • Must possess a valid driver’s license • All volunteers must be able to pass a background investigation
Volunteers are representatives of the National Park Service and are expected to present themselves in a neat and professional manner.
Working in Visitor Services is an exciting opportunity for folks who enjoy meeting and talking with people from around the globe, and who are passionate about educating people of all ages on aspects of the American Revolution.
Local Volunteers are requested to work one full (8-hour) day per week, oftentimes a weekend day. More hours may be available if requested by volunteer. Local volunteers are also requested to help with special events, as their schedules allow.
RV Volunteers: The park has one RV pad available for volunteers who commit to 3 consecutive months of service. One RV occupant must work a 32 hours per week schedule and will have 3 consecutive days off to explore. Second RV occupant is optional and can work the same schedule, if desired, or other scheduling options can be considered. PLEASE check on your cell phone service in this area. Reception within the park can be erratic at times, the extent depending on service provider.
Park Housing: Dormitory-style housing may be available to qualifying volunteers who commit to 3 consecutive months of service, and 32 hours per week volunteer service. For detailed information about park housing, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator. PLEASE check on your cell phone service in this area. Reception within the park, including in housing, can be erratic at times.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: RV spot with utilities is included. Park housing also may be available.