Monthly Archives: September 2013

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area to host noted author Sharyn McCrumb, American Frontier Artist Richard Luce, and members of the Tennessee Society Sons of the American Revolution for the 2013 Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration!

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area will be alive with activity and also welcome some very special guests during the annual Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22. The event takes place from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and from 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday.  Activities will be taking place in and around Fort Watauga and inside of the park Visitor Center.

Special guests for this year’s event include the Tennessee Society Sons of the American Revolution who will present “The Gathering at Sycamore Shoals” at 10 am on Saturday in Fort Watauga.  Their ceremony honors the patriots who gathered at Sycamore Shoals before their march to Kings Mountain, South Carolina in 1780, ending in the defeat of Major Patrick Ferguson during the War for American Independence.

Later on Saturday afternoon, we will be welcoming New York Times bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb at 3 pm in the park Visitor Center.   She will be joining us to speak about her newest book, “Kings’s Mountain,” and autograph copies as well!

McCrumb is an award-winning Southern writer, best known for her Appalachian Ballad novels, including The Ballad of Tom Dooley, The Devil Amongst the Lawyers, and The Ballad of Frankie Silver.  Now, with her latest book, KING’S MOUNTAIN, McCrumb has written her first Ballad novel about the American Revolution, focusing on the Overmountain militia men and the Battle of King’s Mountain, considered by many to have been the turning point of the war.  McCrumb paints a vivid and compelling portrait of colonial America and fills her story with fascinating historical characters including one of her own real-life ancestors who fought in the battle.

Expertly researched and written with an extraordinary sense of time and place, KING’S MOUNTAIN is filled with unforgettable characters and rich historical detail.  

SHARYN MCCRUMB’s books have been named Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.  She was named a “Virginia Woman of History” for Achievement in Literature and won the Appalachian Writer of the Year Award. 

Copies of “King’s Mountain” will be available for sale in the Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area Bookstore and Gift Shop. 

American Frontier Artist, Richard Luce, will spend Saturday, the 21st at Sycamore Shoals, unveiling his latest painting, The Patriot Victory at Kings Mountain October 7, 1780.” 

The first viewing of Richard’s original 3 ft x 6 ft work will take place during the event on Saturday, September 21st.  He will return again with the painting on Wednesday, September 25th during the re-enactment of the crossing of the Watauga River by the Overmountain Men.

“The Patriot Victory at Kings Mountain October 7, 1780” is the 4th in a series of paintings which depict the events and contributions associated with the Overmountain Men.  The 3rd in this series, “The Crossing,” is reproduced as the new entrance mural for the Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area’s Interpretive Exhibits.   Prints of “The Crossing” are available in the park gift shop.

At this event you have the opportunity to order a LIMITED EDITION giclee print of “The Patriot Victory at Kings Mountain October 7, 1780.”   Only 50 prints will be reproduced and each 24 x 48 giclee will be Signed and Numbered.  

Richard is also a re-enactor and has participated in the Overmountain Victory Trail march five times.  This year will mark his sixth year of journeying from Sycamore Shoals to Kings Mountain sharing the story of this important event in our nation’s history.

A professional artist since 1979, Mr. Luce is known for his exceptional detail and realism, specializing in American frontier art.   His work can be seen in galleries in Jackson, Wyoming; Taos, New Mexico; Fort Worth, Texas; and on his website, www.richardluce.com 

A complete schedule of all the activities for the weekend can be found on our website at www.sycamoreshoalstn.org

Sponsored by the Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia

 and the Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area

Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration & Crossing

 

The Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration

Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22 

The Overmountain Victory Trail River Crossing

Wednesday, September 25

 

It was the year 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.  There, at a place called King’s Mountain, they destroyed an army and opened the way for the final American victory at Yorktown.

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

Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22

The Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration

On September 25th 1780, a host of frontiersmen gathered at the Sycamore Shoals of the Watauga.  Their mission was to form an army and launch an attack against a British-led force that had threatened their lands and homes.  Re-enactors in period clothing will be on hand throughout the weekend to share stories of the excitement and danger of that tumultuous time. 

On the 21st at 3 pm – Join Author Sharyn McCrumb with her new book, “Kings Mountain.” 

Wednesday, September 25

The Overmountain Victory Trail Crossing

On September 25, 1780, the Overmountain Men gathered at Sycamore Shoals on their march to victory at King’s Mountain.  Members of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association have recreated this historic journey since 1975, following the same route and timetable as their legendary forebears.  Marchers will cross the Watauga River at the Sycamore Shoals, as the frontiersmen would have done 233 years ago.

Approximate time of crossing the river is 2:00 pm

 

Sponsored by the Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia 

www.washingtoncountyregiment.wordpress.com

and the Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area

 

MILITIA MUSTER SCHEDULE: 

SEPTEMBER 21 – 22, 2013 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st   

10:00 – “The Gathering at Sycamore Shoals”Join the TN Society Sons of the American Revolution for a ceremony honoring the patriots who gathered at Sycamore Shoals before marching to Kings Mtn. SC and defeating Major Patrick Ferguson in that pivotal battle in the War for American Independence. 

12:00 – Trail Talk – Join historic interpreter Chad Bogart for a guided walk along the park trail as he recounts the story of the Overmountain Men and their historic gathering at Sycamore Shoals.  

1:00 – Life on the Homefront – Come to the Talbot House for a look at the woman’s role on the 18th century frontier. See how the women and children fared after the militia had marched off in search of Patrick Ferguson and the Tory army. 

1:30 – “Fix Bayonets”!!! – Join Mr. Davis as he shares the history and importance of the bayonet as a weapon of the 18th century. 

2:00 – Artillery Demonstration – Join members of the Washington County Militia as they fire the fort’s cannon and talk about artillery in the 18th century. 

2:30 – Militia Drill – The Washington County Militia drill and hone their skills as defenders of the frontier. Learn about the different firearms used in Colonial America. 

3:00 – New York Times best-selling author Sharyn McCrumb – Join us in the Visitors Center as Sharyn speaks about and autographs her latest book, “Kings Mountain”. 

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

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd  

10:00 – Militia Inspection & Raising the Colors – Witness the Washington County Militia fall in for inspection of arms, and hear the roar of muskets and rifles as the flag is hoisted for the day. 

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

12:00 – Echoes of Revolution – Join the Watauga Valley Fifes and Drums for an exciting glimpse into the musical world of the 18th century.

1:00 – Life on the Homefront – Come to the Talbot House for a look at the woman’s role on the 18th century frontier.

1:30 – Artillery Demonstration – Join members of the Washington County Militia as they fire the fort’s cannon and talk about artillery in the 18th century. 

2:00 – Militia Drill – The Washington County Militia 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 – Tavern Life – Militia Drill

Colonial Music – 18th Century Camp Life

Sharyn McCrumb’s new title – “Kings Mountain”

New York Times bestselling author, Sharyn McCrumb, to speak at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 3 pm during Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration weekend

The weekend of Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22 is always a very exciting weekend at Sycamore Shoals as we host the Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration and Muster.  During the weekend a host of educational, family activities take place presented by the Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia.  

This year we are honored to host New York Times bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb at 3 pm on Saturday, September 21st in the Visitor Center of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area. Sharyn McCrumb will be joining us to speak about her newest book, “King’s Mountain,”  and autograph copies as well!

McCrumb is an award-winning Southern writer, best known for her Appalachian Ballad novels, including The Ballad of Tom Dooley, The Devil Amongst the Lawyers, and The Ballad of Frankie Silver.  Now, with her latest book, KING’S MOUNTAIN, McCrumb has written her first Ballad novel about the American Revolution, focusing on the Overmountain militia men and the Battle of King’s Mountain, considered by many to have been the turning point of the war.  McCrumb paints a vivid and compelling portrait of colonial America and fills her story with fascinating historical characters including one of her own real-life ancestors who fought in the battle.

John Sevier has not taken much interest in the American Revolution, because he’s too busy fighting Indians in the Carolinas and taming the wilderness.  But when an arrogant British officer named Patrick Ferguson threatens his settlement—promising to burn the farms and kill families—the war becomes personal.  In response to Ferguson’s challenge, Sevier (who would later become the first governor of Tennessee) and a group of men, including Isaac Shelby (future first governor of Kentucky), William Campbell (brother-in-law of future VA governor Patrick Henry), and Davy Crockett’s father, John, raise an unpaid volunteer militia of 1,000 men.  Bringing their own guns and their own horses, and wearing their civilian clothes, the Overmountain Men engage in a battle with the Tories at King’s Mountain, west of Charlotte.  Although George Washington’s Continental Army had suffered a string of defeats in the north, the Overmountain Men with their civilian militia prove that the British forces can be stopped, and their victory at Kings’ Mountain inspires the colonies to fight on.

Expertly researched and written with an extraordinary sense of time and place, KING’S MOUNTAIN is filled with unforgettable characters and rich historical detail.   

Please join us as we commemorate the re-enactment of the historic 1780 muster of the Overmountain Men to Kings Mountain by welcoming Sharyn McCrumb and her exciting new book, “King’s Mountain.”

Sharyn McCrumb25

 About the Author:

SHARYN MCCRUMB’s books have been named Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.  She was named a “Virginia Woman of History” for Achievement in Literature and won the Appalachian Writer of the Year Award. 

Copies of “King’s Mountain” will be available for sale in the Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area Bookstore and Gift Shop