Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration activities in September!

 

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park to host several events celebrating the Overmountain Men and their victory at Kings Mountain, bringing the Revolutionary War to life

 

The year was 1780. The tide of the Revolution had turned against the colonists. The British, forced out of New England, gained new allies in the divided South and won victory after victory in a bloody civil war. Charleston had fallen, and American forces had crumbled at the battle of Camden. But then the impossible occurred…The frontiersmen of the western mountains began a long march, gathering an army along the way, from the highlands of Virginia to the hills of South Carolina. At a place called King’s Mountain, they destroyed British forces and opened the way for the final American victory at Yorktown.

The route they took from Virginia to South Carolina, we now know as the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. Come celebrate with us as we re-live the muster of the Overmountain Men, which occurred here at Sycamore Shoals over two hundred years ago.

The first of several events scheduled to commemorate the historic gathering of the Overmountain Men will get underway at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 14 inside the reconstructed Fort Watauga at Sycamore Shoals. The Tennessee Society Sons of the American Revolution will celebrate the 239th “Gathering at Sycamore Shoals” with a memorial service and a wreath laying ceremony. The event is free and the public is invited to attend and participate in the wreath laying.

On Friday, September 20th Sycamore Shoals will present a unique after-hours, twilight program entitled “Lanterns & Legends of 1780”. Experience the sights, sounds, and emotions of the 18th century as you are guided through the historic encampment of the Overmountain Men by lantern light. Meet legendary figures such as Col. John Sevier, Mary Patton, Rev. Samuel Doak, and others as they tell the dramatic story of this historic gathering which led to one of the most decisive victories of the Revolution! The program begins at the park visitor center, and each tour lasts approximately 1 hour. Tour times are as follows; 7:00, 7:15, 7:30, 7:45, 8:00, 8:15, 8:30 PM.  Pre-registration is required. You can make your reservations by visiting the following website http://www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals. Fees for the lantern tours are Adults – $7.00; Ages 7 to 17 years – $5.00; 6 and under free. The Lanterns & Legends program kicks off an entire weekend of living history programing at the reconstructed Fort Watauga at Sycamore Shoals.

The Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration, On Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22 is a must for the whole family as the Washington County Militia living history organization presents 18th century demonstrations and activities in and around Fort Watauga. Discover the vital role Sycamore Shoals played in the early frontier community, and how its significance would impact our nation’s history. Re-enactors in period clothing will be on hand throughout the weekend to share stories and demonstrations of that exciting and tumultuous time. Hear the story of the Overmountain Men and their historic gathering at Sycamore Shoals.

While enjoying the activities of the weekend, be sure to visit the award winning museum and interpretive center, and don’t miss the park’s interpretive film “Sycamore Shoals – Story of the American Spirit”. Also visit the Park’s Book and Gift Shop to take home a special souvenir or a gift for the history buff or avid reader in your family. It will be a fun filled and action packed weekend sure to entertain and educate all ages. Admission is free so bring the entire family and relive some of the most crucial days of the American Revolution.

On September 25th, 1780 Col. William Campbell and 400 mounted militiamen from present day Abingdon, VA crossed the Watauga River at Sycamore Shoals and joined Colonels Isaac Shelby and John Sevier in response to a threat from British Major Patrick Ferguson. At 2:00 pm On Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 the Overmountain Victory Trail Association will recreate the historic river crossing. For the past 44 years Members of the OVTA have recreated this historic occurrence since 1975, following the same route and timetable as their legendary forebears from Abingdon, VA to Kings Mountain, SC. This event is also free of charge and is open for all to enjoy this memorable experience. 

 

2019 Overmountain Events Schedule

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th

10:00 am – “The Gathering at Sycamore Shoals” – Memorial Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony Sponsored by the Tennessee Society Sons of the American Revolution

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th

“Lanterns & Legends of 1780” – Overmountain Militia Muster Lantern Light Tours

7:00, 7:15, 7:30, 7:45, 8:00, 8:15, 8:30 PM

Cost: Adults – $7.00; Ages 7 to 17 years – $5.00; 6 and under free

Pre-registration required – http://www.tnstateparks.com/parks/events/sycamore-shoals

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st    

10:00 – “Raising the Colours”Join the Overmountain Men inside Fort Watauga as they assemble for morning instructions, militia inspection and posting the flag. (Fort Watauga)

11:00 – “Every Seventh Man” – Oral tradition states that the Overmountain Men left behind one in seven to guard the settlements as they went in search of the tory army. Witness the Watauga Home Guard drill and hone their skills as defenders of the frontier. Learn about the different firearms used in Colonial America.

12:00 – “Our Daily Bread” – Join Mr. Simerly at the bake oven to learn about the baking of bread and other goods in the wood fired earthen oven.

1:00 – Echoes of Revolution” – Join the Watauga Valley Fifes and Drums and learn about martial music of the 18th century. (Fort Watauga)

2:00 – “Keep Yer’ Powder Dry” – Join historic interpreter Lisa Bennett to hear the story of Mary Patton and learn about the making of gunpowder on the colonial frontier. (Talbot House)

3:00 – “Every Seventh Man” – Learn about the different firearms used in Colonial America.

4:00 – Camps Close – Join us tomorrow for another exciting day of life on the colonial frontier!

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd    

10:00 – “Raising the Colours”Join The Overmountain Men inside Fort Watauga as they assemble for morning instructions, militia inspection and posting the flag. (Fort Watauga)

11:00 – Worship Service – Feel free to join the militia for Sunday morning service held in the courtyard of Fort Watauga.

12:00 – “Our Daily Bread” – Join Mr. Simerly at the bake oven to learn about the baking of bread and other goods in the wood fired earthen oven.

1:00 – “Echoes of Revolution” – Join the Watauga Valley Fifes and Drums for an exciting glimpse into the musical world of the 18th century. (Fort Watauga)

2:00 – “Keep Yer’ Powder Dry” – Join historic interpreter Lisa Bennett to hear the story of Mary Patton and learn about the making of gunpowder on the colonial frontier. (Talbot House)

2:30“Every Seventh Man” – Oral tradition states that the Overmountain Men left behind one in seven to guard the settlements as they went in search of the tory army. Witness the Watauga Home Guard drill and hone their skills as defenders of the frontier. Learn about the different firearms used in Colonial America.

3:00 – Retiring the Colors – Camps Close – Thank you for joining us for a great day of frontier living history. Join us next time!

 

ONGOING ACTIVITIES FOR BOTH DAYS INCLUDE:

Open Hearth Cooking – Flintlock Musket & Rifle Demonstrations – Militia Drill

Colonial Music – Weaving – Colonial Games – 18th Century Camp Life

And Much More!!!

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th

2:00 – “OVTA Watauga River Crossing” – The Overmountain Victory Trail Association will recreate the historic river crossing of 1780. For the past 44 years Members of the OVTA have recreated this historic occurrence following the same route and timetable as their legendary forebears from Abingdon, VA to Kings Mountain, SC.

 

All activities are weather dependent. Schedule is subject to change or cancellation.

 

For more information, contact

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 West Elk Ave

Elizabethton, TN 37643

(423) 543-5808

https://www.tnstateparks.com/parks/sycamore-shoals

www.sycamoreshoalstn.org

 

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75th D-Day Commemoration

 

A Salute to the American Soldier

9 am – 3 pm on Saturday, August 31st at the Sycamore Shoals Visitors Center

Commemoration of 75th Anniversary of D-Day Landing at Sycamore Shoals State Park

A Walk in Their Boots, a local organization honoring the service and sacrifice of the American Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine, is presenting a living history with numerous presentations about both military and civilian support activities for the American Soldier taking part in “Operation Overlord”. The landings on the beaches of Normandy, France, June 6th, 1944, were an unparalleled world event that you will have an opportunity to learn about. The event is being held at Sycamore Shoals State Park in Elizabethton, TN from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, August 31st (Labor Day weekend).  The event is free and open to the public.

This 75th anniversary commemoration pertaining to the D-Day landings and the June 1944 time period will include period vehicles and weapons, military encampments, re-enactors, living historians and displays covering topics including Stories of Local Veterans, Milligan College V12 Program, Cadet Nurse Corps, Women in Aviation, Local Industries supporting the War Effort and more.  Great photo opportunities will abound along with displays of 1940’s memorabilia and artifacts on site encouraging the public to reflect on how Tri -Cities was impacted by the war effort leading up to the D-Day landing and to share their family stories.

For more information or to participate in our event, displaying memorabilia or sharing your families WWII Veteran story, contact us by visiting www.militarywalk.us. Hosted by “A Walk in Their Boots”.

 

 

 

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Liberty! opens week 2 with Veterans Night! Thursday, July 18th

 

The True Spirit of Freedom

 LIBERTY!  continues its 41st season performances on Thursday, July 18, “Veterans Night at Liberty!”

 On Veterans Night we honor and thank our veterans and an escort by offering them free admission.

Watching the cast of Liberty! share the stories of Sycamore Shoals is humbling, exciting, and above all…….inspirational.   Comprised of over 100 volunteers, our neighbors from throughout the Tri-Cities and beyond, come together each January to begin auditions and rehearsals for the July drama.  Giving an enormous amount of time and energy, they ask nothing in return – just the opportunity to be a part of ensuring that historic events of national significance are always remembered. Within their hearts you will find a passion and strong desire to honor our ancestors – patriots in the truest sense of the word. 

Leaving the comforts of home, long hunters, and then families, began leaving the 13 English colonies to begin a new life, free of the rule of the British king.  They crossed over the mountains beyond the Proclamation Line of 1763 discovering land that was cleared, yet uninhabited.  The “Old Fields” of the Watauga quickly became the heart of frontier settlements on land belonging to the Cherokee. Set in the 1770’s, Liberty! relates the good times and the sad times; the struggles and the sacrifices – of families who were willing to take incredible risks to create a democratic society against a multitude of obstacles.                                                

Liberty opens its second week of performances on Thursday, July 18, and continues Thursday through Saturday through July 27th.  With just two more weeks to go, we hope you will mark your calendars now to attend the 41st season performances of Tennessee’s Official Outdoor Drama – Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals in Elizabethton, Tennessee.   

Set beside the Watauga River, the story unfolds with Fort Watauga as the backdrop.  The outdoor amphitheater provides bench seating with backs and an opportunity to sample great food within a short distance from your seat, at Carter’s Store.    

Liberty! 2019 performance dates – Thursday through Saturday, July 11 – 13,  July 18 – 20 and the 25 – 27, closing the 41st season on Saturday, July 27th.  For additional information please contact the park at:

 

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 W. Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643 

423-543-5808 

Advance Ticket Reservations:   www.thelibertydrama.com

 

www.sycamoreshoalstn.org

www.tnstateparks.com/parks/sycamore-shoals

www.facebook.com/sycamoreshoals

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