THE OVERMOUNTAIN VICTORY TRAIL CELEBRATION AND RIVER CROSSING, SEPT. 24-25

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area Presents:

The Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration
Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25
The Overmountain Victory Trail River Crossing
Sunday, 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 and Sunday, September 24 and 25

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.

 

Sunday, 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 231 years ago.

Approximate time of crossing the river is 1:30 – 2:00 pm

 

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 24 – 25, 2011

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th

 

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 the Watauga Valley Fifes and Drums for an exciting glimpse into the musical world of the 18th century.

 

12:00 – Trail Talk – Join historic interpreter Chad Bogart for a guided walk along the park trail as he recounts the story of the Overmountain Men and their historic gathering at Sycamore Shoals.

 

1:00 – Life on the Homefront – Join Miss Ramona for a look at the woman’s role on the 18th century frontier and the task of processing sheep’s wool.

 

2:00 – Artillery Demonstration – Join members of the Washington County Militia for a look at firing an 18th century cannon!

 

3:00 – Militia Drill – View the Washington County Militia as they drill and hone their skills as defenders of the frontier.

 

4:30 – Camps Close to the Public – Join us tomorrow for another exciting day of life on the colonial frontier!

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th

 

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 – Echoes of Revolution – Join the Watauga Valley Fifes and Drums for an exciting glimpse into the musical world of the 18th century.

 

Approximately 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 231 years ago.

 

3:3 0 – 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

 

Sponsored by the Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia

and the Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area

 

 

For more information, contact

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area

1651 West Elk Ave

Elizabethton, TN 37643

(423) 543-5808
www.tnstateparks.com/SycamoreShoals/

http://www.sycamoreshoalstn.org

 

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