Surry Muster Field

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The Surry County militia mustered by Major Joseph Winston gathered along Elkin Creek near the Yadkin River. That field, the Surry Muster Field, is today a city park in Elkin, NC. As the Surry County militiamen marched upstream along the north side of the Yadkin River, they were joined by Colonel Benjamin Cleaveland and the Wilkes County militia. Together they numbered about 350 men.

The Surry Muster Field is the trail head for the eastern leg of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail.

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Surry Muster Field wayside exhibits

Photo by Randell Jones

A pull off and wayside exhibits along NC Hwy 268 in Surry County on the north side of Elkin overlook the park, the field where the Surry County Militiamen mustered and then marched off on September 27, 1780. [View Additional File Details]

Surry Muster Field historical marker

Photo by Randell Jones

A North Carolina historical marker stands next to the pull off and wayside exhibits overlooking the city park. [View Additional File Details]

Yadkin River at Elkin Creek

Photo by Randell Jones

The Upper Yadkin River flows generally east-northeast. The valley provided relatively easy passage for the Wilkes and Surry militiamen marching upstream to meet the Overmountain Men at Quaker Meadows. [View Additional File Details]

The Surry Muster Field became a certified site along the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail in 2004.

Photos by Randell Jones

The Backcountry Militia from Kings Mountain National Military Park joined in the festivities to educate visitors about the story of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail [View Additional File Details]

Senator James T Broyhill addresses the audience in 2004 before a display of patriot names from Wilkes and Surry County who mustered for the campaign to Kings Mountain.

Photo by Randell Jones

In 1977, then-Representative Broyhill submitted legislation to create the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. Congress designated it as such in 1980, just in time for the 200th anniversary of the historic events. [View Additional File Details]

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Randell Jones, A Guide to the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, “Surry Muster Field,” Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, accessed September 24, 2017, http:/​/​bythewaywebf.​webfactional.​com/​omvt/​items/​show/​39.​
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