Sunday, October 4, 2009

9-25-09 Sycamor Shoals program

On September 25th the OVTA programed many of the local schools at Sycamore Shoals in Elizabethton, TN. Many of the school children hiked in via the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail and we had the reenactment of the Nolichucky men coming in to the muster under
Robert Sevier and Isac Shelby. They were met by the Virginians under William Campbell.

The Students being sworn in to the Patriot Militia by Capt. John Sawyer.

The students being given a bit of the history and the plans for the day. The plans included stations along the Trail and inside the fort on various aspects of life in 1780.

The Fife and Drum Corp playing period songs for the students.

The Fife and Drum Corp. playing along the palisade of the fort wall.

In come the Virginians for the muster and then to campaign on to the Battle of Kings Mountain.

Students hear the story of the Campaign to the Battle of Kings Mountain as presented by the Overmountain Victory Trail Association members.
A flintlock firing demonstration Our youngest recruit.
Reverend Doak presenting his fiery sermon

The day was a great one. We were rained on a little but it did not dampen the environment for learning or hiking. Hip- hip-Huzza !!!!!!!!!!!
Many thanks to the Staff at Sycamore Shoals for a great day and to the schools that participated.
Also many thanks to the Coke-A-Cola company and the National Parks Foundation and the National Parks Service for their support. Many thanks to Paul Carson, Superintendent of the OVNHT.

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