Reflecting new visitation statistics, the Ninety Six National Historic Site will alter its operational hours starting Sunday.
The NSNHS had closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays since March. However, data collected indicated Mondays and Tuesdays had the lowest traffic.
Citing a need to better accommodate visitors and educational groups, the park's Visitors Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. Park grounds will remain open year-round, dawn to dusk. Restrooms and gates will close at 5 p.m. The park will close Monday and Tuesday.
In addition, the NSNHS announced the completion of repairs to the Star Fort Pond Dam. Following 100 days of labor by International Public Works, LLC of North Charleston, the pond is back online."Repairs to the dam included removal and control of water downstream of the dam, lining existing corrugated metal pipe with new (high-density polyethylene pipe), removing vegetation from a portion of the dam and placing new sand filter materials in the structure," the NSNHS said in a release.
Ninety Six National Historic Site Superintendent John Slaughter said the $325,000 repairs - funded by the National Park Service - were necessary to ensure "the dam is stable and safe for years to come."
Fishermen and recreational boat users can return to the boat ramp at the Star Fort Pond, while foot traffic only can cross the dam. Fishing is permitted only on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and will end Nov. 1. The pond parking lot is closed 9 a.m. Sundays to 9 a.m. on Tuesdays.