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Telling the Stories: Life in the Backcountry and the Battle of Kings Mountain, 1780

August 5, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 1:00pm, repeating until August 6, 2017


August 5, 2017
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Abingdon Muster Grounds
1780 Muster Pl
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Event Dates:
Monday, July 31, 2017 – 1:00 to 4:00pm
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 – 1:00 to 4:00pm
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 – 1:00 to 4:00pm
Thursday, August 3, 2017 – 1:00 to 4:00pm
Friday, August 4, 2017 – 1:00 to 4:00pm
Saturday, August 5, 2017 – 1:00 to 4:00pm
Sunday, August 6, 2017 – 1:00 to 4:00pm

Hear ye! Hear ye! During the Virginia Highlands Festival, Overmountain Men and their families come to life at the Abingdon Muster Grounds, July 31, 2017-August 6, 2017 from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm. 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! Join the Overmountain Victory Trail Association, Blacks Fort Chapter-DAR, and General William Campbell Chapter-SAR as we bring past history to present-day life.

Certified by the National Park Service as the northern trailhead of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, the Abingdon Muster Grounds is a picturesque nine-acre park with significant history. When a call was issued for militia to respond to British Major Patrick Ferguson’s threat that, “he would march his army over the mountains, hang their leaders, and lay their country waste with fire and sword,” men from all over the region moved into action. Under the leadership of Colonel William Campbell, 400 Virginians set out to join patriot militia from modern-day Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. After a two-week campaign, the Overmountain Men fought the Battle of Kings Mountain with overwhelming success. Thomas Jefferson said it was “the turn of the tide of success which terminated the Revolutionary War, with the seal of our independence”.

The Keller Interpretive Center, located at the Abingdon Muster Grounds, houses southwest Virginia’s premier Revolutionary War exhibits. Artifacts associated with backcountry Virginia and the Battle of Kings Mountain are on display.

Visitors may walk in the footsteps of the Overmountain Men on a segment of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail! Admission is free!