Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area Presents:
The Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration
Saturday and Sunday, September 22 and 23
The Overmountain Victory Trail River Crossing
Tuesday, 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, SEPT. 22 and 23 OVERMOUNTAIN VICTORY TRAIL CELEBRATION
TUESDAY, SEPT 25 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 232 years ago.
Approximate time of crossing the river is 2:00 pm
MILITIA MUSTER SCHEDULE: SEPTEMBER 22 – 23, 2012
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd
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 – Artillery Demonstration – Join members of the Washington County Militia for a look at firing an 18th century cannon!
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. See what
sewing project she’s working on today.
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 23rd
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.
12:00 – Echoes of Revolution – Join the Watauga Valley Fifes and Drums for an exciting glimpse into the musical world of the 18th century.
1:00 – Artillery Demonstration – Join members of the Washington County Militia for a look at firing an 18th century cannon!
2:00 – Ladies Tea and Sunday Social – Join the ladies of the settlement for a delightful afternoon tea and catch up on all the “news” of the day. Hopefully the ladies will permit the gentlemen to attend as well!
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