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