SEPTEMBER 25-27, 2009
“It was the joyful annunciation of that turn of the tide of success which terminated the Revolutionary War, with the seal of our independence.”
~ Thomas Jefferson quote about the battle at King’s Mountain
The Guilford Courthouse Fife and Drum Corp
On October 7, 1780 a group of men from current day N. E. Tennessee and S.W. Virginia, know as the Overmountain men changed the course of the American Revolution with a victory at the battle of Kings Mountain in South Carolina.
Every year their march, the route they took and their gathering at Sycamore Shoals on September 25, 1780 is remembered with the Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration which took place on the weekend of Sept. 25.
The celebration started with a school day on Friday. There were six stations set up and members of the Regiment manned these stations and let over 250 area school children experience the history and daily life of their ancestors. Midday, the Overmountain men stood at the crossing at Sycamore Shoals and the Guilford Fife and Drum Corp played them on, and then the skies opened……..
In spite of drenching, torrential rains, there were a variety of events at the Fort. Inspection of the troops was at 10AM , accompanied by the Guilford Fife and Drum Corp. Several camps were set up at the perimeter of the fort, demonstrating what life was at that time. The officers organized patrols and discussed with the public the history and importance of the King’s Mountain battle. Several students from local colleges gained credit for assignments by attending this reenactment. Ken and Retha Reece, in Cabin 5, explained how food was preserved and Molly Spyder baked white and wheat bread in the beehive oven and Irish soda bread in the Hearth.
Sunday weather was abysmal but the rains didn’t deter the public. In addition to a repetition of Saturday’s activities, there was a worship service. In spite of weather that would make a duck happy, the victory Trail Celebration was a success.