Rocky Mount schedules Overmountain Men events5:51 pm | September 19, 2011
Rocky Mount Living History Museum in Piney Flats has announced a schedule of events for a fun-filled day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24. In addition, other events are scheduled this fall to honor the victory of the Overmountain Men during the Revolutionary War.
The public is invited on Sept. 24 to take a Living History tour of Rocky Mount, and discover the role of William Cobb, his family and Rocky Mount in the King’s Mountain Campaign. Rocky Mount Museum will host the Overmountain Victory Trail Association at 7 p.m. as they present “An Overmountain Victory,” a dramatic presentation of the 1780 King’s Mountain Campaign, a victory decisive to America’s Independence.
The evening will also include a performance by the Sycamore Shoals Fife and Drum Corps. Both the Living History tours and the evening program will be free of charge to the public, due to funding from the Active Trails Grant received by the OVTA from the National Parks Service. These funds also cover a day program for schools, paying for both their admission and their transportation costs. About 250 children from four local schools will be coming to Rocky Mount during the day on Sept. 23 to learn about the road to King’s Mountain, and life of the early settlers of the area. They will get to see how these pioneers lived, worked and entertained themselves in the 18th century.
Rocky Mount is a stop on the Overmountain Victory National Trail. The trail recreates the march of the patriots through Virginia, Tennessee and North and South Carolina as they tracked Patrick Ferguson and his British forces. On the evening of Sept. 24, around 400 militiamen coming from Virginia and Sullivan County stopped on William Cobb’s property for the night. William Cobb provided supplies to the cause. He and his two sons also joined with the militia. The next morning, the soldiers continued on to the muster at Sycamore Shoals, joining forces with others from Tennessee. On the morning of Oct. 7, the Overmountain Men caught up to Ferguson’s forces and were victorious, ending the British westward advancement in the South.
Rocky Mount will also be honoring the return of the Overmountain Men. On Oct. 8, Rocky Mount will host the “15K Overmountain Men Victory Run,” a point to point race starting on Sycamore Shoals Road in Elizabethton and ending at Rocky Mount. More information and registration for the race are available at rockymountmuseum.com.
Rocky Mount Museum is a “living history” museum, which uses first-person interpretation to portray people living in 1791. Rocky Mount is open for tours Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Living History tours and the facility are available by reservation at any time, including Sundays and Mondays for school and other groups, with advance reservations. For more information, call 538-7396 or 888-538-1791.