Blue Ridge Parkway’s Overmountain Victory Trail Event in September

I recieved this letter tonight and thought some of the members would find it interesting. I think their event is on the same weekend as our muster but to be sure, just check the link above (the 2011 events calendar) and see for yourself.

Blue Ridge Parkway-Gillespie Gap

214
Parkway Maintenance Rd.

Spruce Pine,North Carolina28777

 

Phone
(828)-765-1228

Fax#
(828)-765-0974

Jonathan_Bennett@nps.gov

 

 

 

Dear Sir or
Madam,

 

Greetings!
The Blue Ridge Parkway is currently planning its 20th annual Overmountain Victory Celebration.  The event tells the epic story of the
Overmountain men and honors their contributions in turning the tide of the
American Revolution in the South.  This
year marks the 231st  anniversary of their historic march to King’s
Mountain, S.C.  Our event will be held Sept. 15-18, 2011.

 

You are
cordially invited to take part in this event.

 

On Thursday and
Friday, from 9 am to 2 pm, public schools are invited to participate.
School groups of around 20 students rotate from station to station throughout
the day.  Activities for students
include: Revolutionary War Games, storytelling, watching demonstrations of a
particular skill, and even making their own souvenirs to take home.  However, the demand among local schools to
attend the Overmountain Victory Celebration is often so high that we have been
forced to turn away hundreds of children school in the past.  We need your help to ensure that no one is
turned away from this year’s event!

 

The
Revolutionary War encampment will be open to the general public from Friday
evening, Sept. 16th, through Sunday morning, Sept. 18th.   Saturday will also be our official home school
day and we’re expecting larger crowds on the Saturday portion of the event than
we have had in the past because of this.
On Friday and Saturday evenings, Candlelight Tours are conducted of the
encampment with re-enactors recreating important events of the march.  There are also a variety of activities during
the day on Saturday and Sunday morning.

 

Some specifics
concerning the event:

 

n  The event is located near the Blue Ridge Parkway
(Milepost 331) where it intersects with US 226 at Gillespie Gap. The activities
are held on the site of the Museum of North Carolina Minerals, near Spruce
Pine, N.C.   Gillespie Gap is also the point where the
Overmountain National Historic Trail crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Please contact us if you need directions.

 

n  Some of the activities and demonstrations
we have had in the past include:  quill
writing, cartridge rolling, gun smithing, weaving, spinning, and candle making.  There is always room for more!

 

n  The Parkway has received a small grant which will allow us
to provide some hotel space for our re-enactors and volunteers. We will need a
3 week advance notice to reserve a room and re-enactors with health issues will
get priority for those rooms. Please note that we have an important change
in our hotel reservation process this year.
The hotel reservations will be made by the Blue Ridge Parkway
headquarters and only the rooms that park headquarters reserves will be paid
for by the grant we received.  So please
do not reserve a hotel room yourself because we will be unable to reimburse you
for the cost. 

 

n  Many re-enactors prefer to camp at the
event site, a large grassy field in front of the Minerals Museum.  Restrooms are available in the museum within
yards of the campsite.  Shower facilities
are available in the maintenance area on the hill above.

 

n  A continental breakfast and lunch are
provided Thursday morning through Sunday morning.  On Saturday evening, the Park Service
provides a sit-down, “banquet style” dinner.
Snacks are available in the museum throughout the day.  If you have special dietary needs, let us
know, and we will accommodate you as best we can.

 

n  The Park Service provides firewood,
straw, water and some other amenities.
Some supplies can be provided for demonstrations; please contact us to
discuss this.

 

I am contacting
you regarding your interest in participating in this event. Attendance at our
event grows each year, and we are eager to provide more activities for the
public and for our local school children.   If
you would like to participate or would simply like to receive more
information about it, please contact me at (828) 765-1228 or by e-mail at Jonathan_Bennett@nps.gov.

 

Please let me know
if you will attend as a re-enactor by the second week of August, so that we
will know how many school groups we can accommodate.  Also, please let me
know if you will need lodging arrangements or supplies.   We take pride in helping our volunteers and
historical re-enactors in anyway that we can.
If you know someone else that may be interested in participating in this
event, please feel free to pass on this information to them as well. We would
love to have them.

 

I look forward
to hearing from you soon.

 

Your Servant,

 

 

Jonathan Howard
Bennett

Interpretive National
Park Ranger

Blue Ridge Parkway

Gillespie Gap

828-765-1228

Jonathan_Bennett@nps.gov

 

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