Buford's Massacre Site

Coordinates: 34°44′26″N 80°37′35″W / 34.74056°N 80.62639°W / 34.74056; -80.62639
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Buford's Massacre Site
Waxhaw Massacre Monument, February 2005
Buford's Massacre Site is located in South Carolina
Buford's Massacre Site
Buford's Massacre Site is located in the United States
Buford's Massacre Site
LocationSouth Carolina Highway 522, 0.25 miles south of South Carolina Highway 9, near Buford Community, Lancaster, South Carolina
Coordinates34°44′26″N 80°37′35″W / 34.74056°N 80.62639°W / 34.74056; -80.62639
Area2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built1860 (1860), 1955
Built byWhite, William T.
MPSLancaster County MPS
NRHP reference No.90000091[1]
Added to NRHPFebruary 15, 1990

Buford's Massacre Site, also known as Buford's Battleground, is a historic site and national historic district located near Lancaster, South Carolina. Two monuments at the site mark the battleground where the Battle of Waxhaws (also known as Buford's massacre) took place. A white monument ten feet tall, erected on June 2, 1860, marked the gravesite of American soldiers who died during the battle. This marker was gradually damaged over time by souvenir hunters who chipped off pieces, which led local authorities to erect a new monument on May 1, 1955, bearing the same inscription. The Battle of Waxhaws was a minor engagement during the American Revolutionary War between the Continental Army and Loyalist forces led by British colonel Banastre Tarleton.[2][3][4]

It was added to the United States National Register of Historic Places in 1990.[1]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Scoggins, Michael C (2005). The Day It Rained Militia: Huck's Defeat and the Revolution in the South Carolina Backcountry, May–July 1780. Charleston, SC: The History Press. ISBN 978-1-59629-015-0. OCLC 60189717.
  3. ^ J. Tracy Power (August 1989). "Buford's Massacre Site" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  4. ^ "North Carolina-South Carolina Cornerstone, Lancaster County (off U.S. Hwy. 521, Van Wyck vicinity)". National Register Properties in South Carolina. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved June 8, 2014.