ACTIVITIES AND SHEDULE FOR SEPTEMBER MUSTER NEXT WEEKEND

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area Presents:

The Overmountain Victory Trail Crossing

Saturday, September 25

The Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration

Saturday and Sunday, September 25 and 26

Night at Fort Watauga – Lanternlight Tours

Saturday, 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, 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 230 years ago.

Approximate time of crossing the river is 12:30 – 1:30 pm.

Saturday and Sunday, September 25 and 26

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.     

Saturday, September 25

Night at Fort Watauga

Lanternlight Tours

8:00, 8:20, 8:40, 9:00

(by reservation only)

Take part in the story of Sycamore Shoals… Join us for an interactive adventure tour of Fort Watauga and the surrounding forest, set in the dark and uncertain years of the Revolutionary War.  Reenactors in period clothing will portray a variety of characters, from fighters and hunters to patriots and spies.   Space is limited on each tour, so you must have a reservation to attend!  To sign up for a tour, call the park at (423) 543-5808.

All ages are welcome to participate.

Tours begin in the Visitors Center

Tours have limited space, so you must call ahead to reserve your spot! 

The public is welcome to visit re-enactor camps and walk the grounds on Sunday morning; however, the Visitors Center will not open until 1:00pm on Sunday

 

MILITIA MUSTER SCHEDULE:          SEPTEMBER 25 – 26, 2009

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th

10:00 – Militia Inspection & Raising the Colors – Witness the Washington County Militia fall in for inspection of arms. Hear the roar of muskets and rifles as the flag is hoisted for the day.

11:00 – Echoes of Revolution – Join members of the Guilford Courthouse Fife and Drum Corps and the Watauga Valley Fifes and Drums for an exciting glimpse into the musical world of the 18th century. 

11:30 – Life on the Homefront – JoinMolly Spyder, indentured for a look at the woman’s role on the 18th century frontier.

12:00 – Tomahawk Throw – Join Mike at the Tomahawk Block and test your skills at throwing the ‘hawk.

Approximately 1:00 – 2:00 – Overmountain Victory Trail River Crossing – Members of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association recreate the historic crossing of the Watauga River at Sycamore Shoals, as the frontiersmen did 230 years ago.

3:30 – Rousing Tunes of the Revolution – Enjoy another delightful set of 18th century tunes performed by the Fifes and Drums

4:30 – Camps Close to the Public – Join us tomorrow for another exciting day of life on the colonial frontier!  Sign up for tonight’s candlelight tours!

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th

9:00 – Sermon and Prayer of Samuel Doak – George Cobb of the OVTA will recite the famed sermon and prayer of Reverend Samuel Doak given before the Overmountain Men departed Sycamore Shoals on September 26th 1780.

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. In the event of inclement weather services will be held inside the Talbot House.

12:00 – Life on the Homefront – Join Molly Spyder, indentured for a look at the woman’s role on the 18th century frontier.

1:00 – Tomahawk Throw – Join Mike at the Tomahawk Block and test your skills at throwing the ‘hawk.

2:00 – Organizing the Patrol – On September 26th 1780, over 800 backwoods militiamen departed from Sycamore Shoals in search of British Colonel Patrick Ferguson and his loyalist army. Those drafted to stay behind were faced with the difficult task of protecting the settlements from attack by hostile Indians and Tories. Come be a part of this dangerous time as those left behind make plans to patrol the area and, if need be, defend hearth and home.

3:00 – 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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2 responses to “ACTIVITIES AND SHEDULE FOR SEPTEMBER MUSTER NEXT WEEKEND

  1. Gerald Jack

    Ramona, Thank you for sending me these e-mails. My Jack and Gillespie families fought at Kings Mountain. I wish that I could be there for this historic occasion. Living in California is a long ways to come at this time. In 1988 we visited Fort Watauga. I visited the Kings Mountain Military Park on two different trips. I stood at the marker where Colonel Sevier and my great great great grandfather Private Jeremiah Jack, along with other Over the Mountain Men, charged up the mountainside on the battlefield grounds to Fergusson’s campground. Wishing you all a great celebration. Gerald “Jerry” Jack, San Gabriel, California.

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    • Ramona

      Jerry,
      Your comments have garnered a lot of wonderful comments from our members. It is too bad that you are so far away but it’s nice to know that you are keeping up with us as we celebrate the lives of these heros. Best wished to you.
      Ramona

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