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

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