The Muster Grounds

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The Muster Grounds and the W. Blair Keller, Jr. Interpretive Center are located at 702 Colonial Road in Abingdon, Virginia. This site is the northernmost trailhead of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail.

This beautiful tract of land along Wolf Creek has remained undeveloped since the time of the 1780 muster. It is part of the larger field reaching upstream upon which the gathering Washington County Militia would have encamped prior to their departure on September 24, 1780.

Today, the site is the scene of the annual Call to Arms, Overmountain Victory Celebration each September.

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Blair Keller stands along Wolf Creek at the Muster Grounds

Photo by Randell Jones

Wolf Creek flows through the Muster Grounds in Abingdon, Virginia. [View Additional File Details]

Retirement, the home at the Muster Grounds

Photo by Randell Jones

Captain Robert Craig built this Federal style home in 1813 on eight acres he purchased along Wolf Creek. [View Additional File Details]

Exhibits in the W. Blair Keller, Jr. Interpretive Center

Photos by Randell Jones

Museum panels and artifacts interpret the life and times and heroism of the Washington County Militiamen who mustered with others at Sycamore Shoals on September 25, 1780 to pursue Major Patrick Ferguson. [View Additional File Details]

Muster Ground markers

Photos by Randell Jones

A large stone in the northeast corner of the Muster Grounds hosts two plaques. One commemorates the Muster Grounds. The other acknowledges the heroism of the Washington County Militia who suffered one-third of all the casualties among the patriot force. Major William Edmisten led the men into the hardest and fiercest fighting. [View Additional File Details]

Call to Arms event at the Muster Grounds

Photos by Randell Jones

Each fall in late September, school children come to the Call to Arms educational event at the Muster Grounds. It lasts for several days with school groups coming from outside the county to learn about colonial life in the 1700s and the story of the Washington County Militia in the campaign to and the battle at Kings Mountain. [View Additional File Details]

Excerpts from "Before They Were Heroes at King's Mountain" by Randell Jones

pp 382-383 The Muster Begins On September 22, William Campbell called for his men to muster in a meadow along Wolf Creek, near the Bradley farm. It was just west of Black's Fort, in a community known as Wolf Hills and incorporated since 1778 as Abingdon. Two hundred men gathered there over the succeeding two days, camping along the stream and preparing themselves for yet another ride of great distance into what for many would eventually become unfamiliar territory. They departed on Sunday, the morning of September 24. For the first leg of their journey, the men rode down the familiar Watauga Road, while their commander, Colonel William Campbell, rode separately to the west to meet with Colonel Shelby at Sapling Grove. For some of the men riding south toward Sycamore Shoals, this morning departure from Craig's Meadow, the mustering ground, would be their last glimpse of home. Copyright 2011, Randell Jones Available at www.danielboonefootsteps.com [View Additional File Details]

"The Muster at Abingdon" by Richard Luce

"The Muster at Abingdon" by Richard Luce Richard Luce portrays his interpretation of the Washington County Militia breaking camp along Wolf Creek to begin riding toward Sycamore Shoals. The men would ride under Major William Edmiston while Colonel William Campbell rode separately to confer with Colonel Isaac Shelby at Sapling Grove, in today's Bristol, TN. www.richardluce.com | Creator: Randell Jones, A Guide to the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail [View Additional File Details]

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Randell Jones, A Guide to the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, “The Muster Grounds,” Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, accessed September 24, 2017, http:/​/​bythewaywebf.​webfactional.​com/​omvt/​items/​show/​25.​
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