OVT re-enactors cross river on first leg of journey

10:33 am | September 26, 2012

Visitors to Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park gathered along the banks of the Watauga River to witness an interesting and special event — the annual re-enactment of the Overmountain Men crossing Watauga River on their way to King’s Mountain to fight the British in the Revolutionary War — on Tuesday afternoon.

Photo by Brandon Hicks
Re-enactors with the Overmountain Victory Trail Association crossed the Watauga River Tuesday
for the first leg of their annual trek to King’s Mountain, S.C. The group camped last night at
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park before leaving this morning on the second day of its journey,
which will trace the route the original Overmountain Men took more than 200 years ago.

Every year on Sept. 25, members of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association cross the river at Sycamore Shoals as a part of their effort to recreate the entire march of the Overmountain Men. Close to 1,000 soldiers mustered for the march to the 1780 Battle of Kings Mountain, which is often known as the turning point for the south in the Revolutionary War.

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