Living History at the Abingdon Muster Grounds

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Hear ye! Hear ye! Overmountain Men and their families will come to life at the Abingdon Muster Grounds. These events 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 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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Backcountry Colonial Day Camp

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The Abingdon Muster Grounds will host a free day camp, July 18-22, for children ages 9-11. Camp will begin each day at 9:00 am and will conclude at 1:30. Campers will learn about life in the back country of Virginia during the American Revolution and will focus on the importance of the Battle of Kings Mountain. Activities will include educational presentations, fun and games, and hands-on crafts.

The Abingdon Muster Grounds, a National Park Service certified site, is the northern trail head of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail

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Find Your Park! Find Your Trail! Find Your Ancestor!

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Was your ancestor involved in events that led to the Battle of Kings Mountain?  Let us help you connect to your heritage.  Contact us to learn about programming opportunities.

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Official Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail Junior Ranger Program

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“Footsteps for Freedom”

Use “Footsteps for Freedom” for a few minutes each day, September 23-October 7, to follow the Overmountain Men on their campaign to the Battle of Kings Mountain!

Footsteps for Freedom-lesson plans geared towards 4th Grade students

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