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by | June 20, 2017 · 12:00 pm

Backcountry Colonial Day Camp



Life in Backcountry Colonial Virginia and the Battle of Kings Mountain

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The Abingdon Muster Grounds will host a free day camp, June 26-30, 2017 for children ages 9-11.  Come learn about life in the Backcountry of Virginia in 1780 from interpreters in period dress!  Activities will include educational presentations, fun and games, and hands-on crafts.  Only 25 spots are available so sign-up today!  Snacks and lunches will be provided.

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by | February 23, 2017 · 9:39 am

Living History: Life in colonial backcountry


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by | February 22, 2017 · 2:59 pm

Overmountain Victory Celebration

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Celebrating the 236th Anniversary of the Muster in Abingdon and the Battle of Kings Mountain

Hear ye!  Hear ye!  Overmountain Men and Living Historians will come to life at the Overmountain Victory Celebration, to be held September 24, 2016 from 9:00 am -3:00 pm 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.  The Overmountain Victory Trail Association (OVTA) will perform the story of the Overmountain Men and the Battle of Kings Mountain from 10:30 am-11:30 am.  After their presentation, the OVTA will begin their journey down the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, spending more than two weeks following the route of the Overmountain Men to the battle of Kings Mountain.  The OVTA will perform this story to over 10,000 people during the commemorative campaign.  This is an opportunity to witness remarkable historical interpretation!  Throughout the 9 acre park, there will be additional educational stations and demonstrations related to life in backcountry Virginia during colonial times.  At 2:00 pm, there will be a Wreath-laying Ceremony which will honor the militiamen who bravely fought at the Battle of Kings Mountain.  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 history to 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 9-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


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All For Liberty! Outdoor viewing of film, July 22, 2016-8:30 pm


Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, picnics, friends and family and enjoy this wonderful indie film on a large outdoor screen (for FREE!) at the historic Abingdon Muster Grounds.


An indie adventure feature, All For Liberty, about backcountry South Carolina freedom fighters of the American Revolution, has recently been named one of “Top Ten Revolutionary War Movies” by Hugh Harrington in the popular Journal of the American Revolution ( The epic action feature is listed #6t and The Patriot is #8 in the list of all-time movies.

All For Liberty has won nine international film festival awards spanning both coasts since its release as well as two awards from the SC Sons of the American Revolution and First Prize in Media from the Daughters of the American Revolution in Texas. It also won a Dove Foundation Family Seal of Approval for ages 12+ and four our of five doves.

Shot on thirty locations in South Carolina, All For Liberty won three awards initially from the International Accolade Film Competition in California. Executive producer and Broadway, film and television star, Clarence Felder, received a Leading Actor Award of Excellence as well as Excellence for the film. Felder is most known for his co-starring roles in “Ruthless People” with Danny Devito, “The Last Boy Scout” with Bruce Willis and the cop series, “Hooperman” with the late John Ritter.

“Passion for freedom is an unpredictable force. The story explores the amazing
heroism of my sixth great-grandfather, Captain Henry Felder, in the Backountry of South Carolina,” Felder explains. “The colonists were losing the war. It was astounding how Captain Felder and those who fought with him were able to stand up to the most powerful, trained army in the world with so few resources.”

At the 42nd WorldFest Houston Film Festival in Texas, All For Liberty won one of the festival’s highest honors, a Special Jury Remi Award. Charleston International Film Festival awarded All For Liberty Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film, followed by The Myrtle Beach International Film Fest awarded the film Best Picture and then Best Independent Feature at the Southern Appalachian International Film Festival. All For Liberty had its world premiere at the New Beijing International Movie Week.

The action-adventure film is based on the true story of American hero, Captain Henry Felder, a Swiss/German immigrant who came from Europe to Charleston in 1735 and decades later led a fierce backcountry militia against British tyranny. Captain Felder was targeted by militias loyal to the crown for writing and making public his Address & Declaration of Articles of Separation from the English King over seven weeks before Jefferson delivered his in Pennsylvania, as well as being appointed by the Provincial Congress to make gunpowder, recruit more militia and procure weapons.

“It’s a true honor to have created a film about such a formidable hero, one thatall Americans should be aware of and inspired by,” said the film’s director, Chris Weatherhead. “It took five years to complete the project, but it will be as timely in a hundred years as it is now to anyone wanting to live free.”

The production sports a large cast, lead by film and TV entertainment veterans, Felder, his wife, Chris Weatherhead, Rob Gorman, Michael Easler, Curtis Worthington, Trevor Erickson a supporting cast and hundreds of re-enactors [see IMDB listings]. Among dozens of locations are fourteen historic sites in South Carolina as well as Fort King George in Darien, Georgia. Bridgestone Multimedia Group is distributing the film worldwide, in allmarkets at

The film was written by Chris Weatherhead and Ron Mangravite and produced by Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina’s Moving Images Group and Coral Gate Media, Miami Florida. The project was funded in part by the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The South Carolina Arts Commission, the SC Humanities Council and private donors. For further information on the film, creators and cast visit:

For the full Hugh Harrington Review in the Journal of the American Revolution.

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Epic Patriot Camp: A creative writing day camp with renowned children’s author, Jenny L. Cote, and the National Park Service

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Epic Patriot Camp is a FREE creative writing day camp for kids ages 10-12. The goal of the camp is for participants to learn about the march of the Overmountain Men to the Battle of Kings Mountain by researching a soldier and crafting a story about the soldier’s battle experience. Participants will spend time each day with children’s author Jenny L. Cote to learn new writing skills and hone their present skills. They will also put themselves in the shoes of those who fought in the battle through hands-on activities: weapons demonstrations, militia drills, colonial trades and crafts, spending time on the battlefield, etc.
The culminating experience will be an overnight camp on Friday night at Abingdon Muster Grounds, the place where the Virginia patriots gathered to march to Kings Mountain. Kids will camp in the colonial style: canvas tents, colonial clothes, open-fire cooking, etc.
On Saturday the kids will present their stories and reenact the battle from their soldier’s point of view. Family and friends are invited to attend Saturday at 12 PM. Camp will end following the presentation.
Space is limited! The registration deadline is July 1. To enroll your child, email the completed registration form to
To learn more about this camp, the author and her books visit

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