Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration

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Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration

September 23 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join us for an encampment by the Overmountain militia before the Battle of King’s Mountain in 1780. Live some of the most crucial days of the American Revolution!

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)

Details

Date:
September 23
Time:
10:00 am - 4:00 pm