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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

 

The Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration

Saturday and Sunday, September 23rd and 24th

 OVTA Watauga River Crossing – Mon. Sept. 25th, 2 pm

 

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. 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 recreate the muster of the Overmountain Men, which occurred here at Sycamore Shoals over two hundred years ago. Re-enactors in period clothing will be on hand throughout the weekend to share stories and demonstrations of that exciting and tumultuous time.

The weekend long celebration runs 10am to 4pm Saturday, September 23 and 10am to 3pm Sunday, September 24, and is a must for the whole family. The park’s host living history organization, the Washington County, NC Militia, will present 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. 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 Eastern National 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 Monday, September 25th, 2017 the Overmountain Victory Trail Association will recreate the historic river crossing. For the past 42 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.

 

EVENT SCHEDULE

 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd  

 

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 – “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.

 

11:30 – “Echoes of Revolution” – Join the Watauga Valley Fifes and Drums and learn about martial music of the 18th century. (Fort Watauga)

 

12:00 – “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.

 

1:00 – “Trail Talk: Walking in Frontier Footsteps” – Join historic interpreter Chad Bogart for a guided walk through the park grounds as he recounts the story of the Overmountain Men, the historic militia muster at Sycamore Shoals, and the victory at Kings Mountain. Program begins at Fort Watauga.

 

1:30 – “Echoes of Revolution” – Join the Watauga Valley Fifes and Drums for an exciting glimpse into the musical world of the 18th century.

 

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 24th    

 

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

 

11:00 – Worship Service – Feel free to join the militia for Sunday morning service held in the courtyard of Fort Watauga. Following the service witness the Washington County Militia fall in for inspection of arms, and orders are given for the day.

 

11:30 – “Echoes of Revolution” – Join the Watauga Valley Fifes and Drums for an exciting glimpse into the musical world of the 18th century.

 

12:00 – “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.

 

1:00 – “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)

 

2:00“Echoes of Revolution” – Join the Watauga Valley Fifes and Drums for an exciting glimpse into the musical world of the 18th century.

 

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 – 18th Century Laundry – Colonial Games – 18th Century Camp Life

And Much More!!!

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

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th

 

2:00 – “OVTA Watauga River Crossing” – The Overmountain Victory Trail Association will recreate the historic river crossing of 1780. For the past 42 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.

 

Immediately Following the Crossing – Join State and National Park Service staff, OVTA members, and reenactors for a dedication of the new entrance to the Sycamore Shoals Visitors Center featuring the newly installed Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail commemorative marker. (Program will take place at the Overmountain Man Statue in front of the park’s visitors center)

 

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 W. Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643

 

Historic House Museums:

The John and Landon Carter Mansion

Sabine Hill

 

423-543-5808

 

 

www.sycamoreshoalstn.org

www.tnstateparks.com/parks/about/sycamore-shoals

www.facebook.com/sycamoreshoals

www.friendsofsycamoreshoals.org

 

Liberty! to offer reduced admission opening night….

 

Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area is pleased to be able to offer special ticket pricing for opening night, Thursday, July 14th!  

“First Night” is an exciting time for our Liberty! cast who have been working and practicing tirelessly since early April preparing for the 38th season of Liberty! On Thursday, July 14th, adults and seniors can attend Liberty! for $8.00 per person, children ages 6 to 17 years for $5.00, and 5 and under are free.

The drama is presented for nine nights each July running Thursday through Saturday, July 14, 15, 16; 21, 22 & 23, and 28, 29, and 30.   The box office opens nightly at 6 pm and the show begins at 7:30 pm.

Photographed by Bruce Green

We also offer the option to purchase your tickets in advance, online at www.TheLibertyDrama.com.   All seating is general admission.  Take advantage of this new service to insure your admission on the night of your choosing. Tickets may also be purchased on-site the night of the performance, with a maximum seating capacity of 450 total seats.

Tickets are $12.00 for Adults; $10.00 for Seniors (55 & up); $5.00 for Children (6 to 17 yrs); and 5 and under are free. Friends of Sycamore Shoals members are $6.00 and must present their membership card at the box office.

On Thursday, July 21, Liberty! will honor our veterans by offering them free admission to the show, along with an escort.

The 2016 season also marks the 7th exciting year for Pepsi’s Carter’s Trading Post, a venue named in honor of the original store opened by pioneers John Carter and partner William Parker shortly after they arrived on the frontier in 1771.  A fine menu of mouth-watering treats will be offered each evening for Liberty! guests.

Come early and enjoy an excellent dinner prior to the performance of Liberty! The Dinner Theater will be offered all 9 nights, except opening night, July 14th. The dates are July 15 & 16, July 21 – 23, and July 28 – 30. Dinner is served at approximately 6:00 PM. Doors open at 5:30 PM.

The Liberty! Dinner Theater is available by advanced reservations only. Reservations must be made by 1:00 PM the day of the performance. Dinner theater tickets are $25.00 for Adults; $23.00 for Seniors (55 and up); $18.00 for Children (6 to 17 years); 5 and under Free with a paying adult; and $19.00 for Friends of Sycamore Shoals members. Dinner Theater tickets include the cost of your meal and admission to Liberty!

Each Friday night, a sign language interpreter will be with us, bringing the story to life for the hearing impaired. In addition, we also have a Williams Hearing Impaired system transmitting on 72.9 MHz during all performances for those that have a receiver and ear piece.

Henderson arrives

Mark your calendars now and join us for this great opportunity to see the story of nationally significant events unfold in a dramatic presentation performed on the grounds of Sycamore Shoals with the reconstructed Fort Watauga as the backdrop. Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals is a two act outdoor drama depicting four major events that took place in the late 18th century within the Watauga Settlement now present day Elizabethton, TN.

These events reflect the rich and vast historical significance that surround Sycamore Shoals and the East Tennessee region as a whole, and the role that early settlers played in the formation of a new nation. Visiting The Official Outdoor Drama of the State of Tennessee is a great way to see these stories unfold. Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals begins its 38th season Thursday, July 14, and continues for a three-weekend run.