Event Date: Saturday, August 8, 2015 – 10:00am to 3:00pm
Event Venue: Muster Grounds
Reservations are not required
Hear ye! Hear ye! Overmountain Men and their families will come to life at the Muster of Militia at the Abingdon Muster Grounds. This event will highlight the importance of the Washington County, Virginia militia and the Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain, 1780. There will be demonstrations related to life in backcountry Virginia during colonial times. This event has activities for the whole family!
Come and learn about the famous battle that Thomas Jefferson said was, “the turn of the tide of success which terminated the Revolutionary War with the seal of our independence.” Hear how the militia came to the Abingdon Muster Grounds, now the northern trail head of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. Learn about the two week campaign and subsequent Battle of Kings Mountain. Listen as the backcountry women share their stories, hardships and heartaches during the fall of 1780 as they learn the fates of their husband, sons, brothers, and fathers following the battle.
Visit the camp and learn about cooking, survival skills, dress, children’s games, medicine, and other activities of daily life. Learn why colonial men, women, and children worked from “sunup to sundown” as you relive the lives of your ancestors. Members of the General William Campbell Chapter Sons of the American Revolution, Blacks Fort Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, and Virginia Chapter of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association will share the fascinating stories.
General parking is available on the grassy lot at the corner of Colonial Road and Holston Street. Handicapped parking is available at the Keller Interpretive Center. The free trolleys also stop at the Abingdon Muster Grounds.