Overmountain Victory Muster Coming up Next Weekend!

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area Presents:

The Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration
Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22

The Overmountain Victory Trail River Crossing
Wednesday, 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…

To the Washington Co. Militia,

Attached is the schedule for our muster at the fort on September 21 – 22.
Thanks in advance to those who were willing to present a program. I look forward to seeing you all.
Saturday and Sunday, September 21 and 22
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.

Wednesday, 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 233 years ago.
Approximate time of crossing the river is 2:00 pm

Sponsored by the Washington County Regiment of North Carolina Militia
and the Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area


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