Sept. 24 through Sept. 27 was the actual anniversary of the gathering of the Overmountain Men, starting their trek to King’s Mountain.
On Friday, the Historical site hosted the largest school day ever with upwards of 500 area children showing up. Several members donated their time and patience, demonstrating various aspects of 18th century life. Members included Chris Taylor, demonstrating Hawks, Retha, Ken and her family demonstrating games of the period, Amy Aprile who demoed sewing, Sherry Shook telling Native stories, Bob McCroskey who showed the children weapons of the time. This is a partial list but it looked like more members were there than last year.
Saturday was a beautiful day and the Fort was alive with activity. One of the highlights was a PBS crew filming a documentary and Amy Aprile got married (not really but for the documentary),
The Fife and Drum corp out did themselves and the Guildford Courthouse Fife and Drum Corp was there to help the show,
- Around 2 PM, the Overmountain Men crossed the river and several of our unit walked the historic trail from Rocky Mount to the Watauga to cross. Huzzahs rang out when the men shot two volleys in the middle of the river to mark their coming. The acution held for the Fife and Drum Corp was a great success and the group made close to $500 .
- Saturday night marked the lantern tour which was packed with public. Lit by small lanterns and tourches, the members reco9unted the events of the muster and played important persons who made success possible agains t the loyalists and tories (who were wearing bushes in their hats to mark them :o) ).