Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail
Welcome to this online resource for the Overmountain Victory Trail.
To begin your tour of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, just click here: Begin the Overmountain Victory NH Trail Here
To learn about navigating the pages of this online presentation, see the video tutorial available on the home page at www.danielboonefootsteps.com. Just scroll down on the home page and click the image.
To learn more options, please continue reading.
Three Separate Online Presentations
2015 is the 40th anniversary of the first commemorative march in 1975 of the route of the Overmountain Men to what became the Battle of Kings Mountain on Oct. 7, 1780. After five years of sincere and tireless effort during the late 1970s, a dedicated group of citizens, many belonging to the Overmountain Victory Trail Association, Inc., secured designation by the United States Congress in 1980 of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, a unit of the National Park Service.
This online presentation is a private educational effort. It is separate from resources available through the National Park Service.
You have three online presentations available to you here. Just click on “Tours” in the menu bar at the top of the screen to find your choices:
- Online Tour of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail
- “The Story – Narrated” with music by The Forget-Me-Nots
- Route of the South Carolina Militia and Lincoln County Militia
For an entertaining and informative telling of “The Story,” we suggest you start with “The Story – Narrated” with music provided by The Forget-Me-Nots. Just click through the visuals as you listen to the audio portions presented in 18 chapters. (The audio totals 40 minutes. If you have only a little time right now, we suggest you listen to Chapters 16-18 and then listen to the entire presentation later.)
After you listen to “The Story – Narrated,” you will want to take the Online Tour of the OVNHT. This tour puts “The Story” on the landscape, taking you to sites in four states where you can experience the terrain across which this story unfolded during the American Revolution. Many sites are Certified Sites along the OVNHT. You can also read excerpts at some locations of passages from the award-winning book, Before They Were Heroes at King’s Mountain by Randell Jones. (Visit www.danielboonefootsteps.com to learn more about this book.)
In 1780, men from Virginia, North Carolina (including the overmountain region now in Tennessee), South Carolina, and Georgia came together to confront the advancing British Legion. The Overmountain Victory NHT interprets principally the route of those coming from the overmountain region, Virginia, and the Yadkin River valley. New research now enables the more accurate telling of the how men from South Carolina and from Lincoln County came to be involved in the pursuit of Major Patrick Ferguson. This route is not part of the OVNHT, but you can now learn more about that story through the presentation: “Route of the South Carolina Militia and Lincoln County Militia.”
Thank you for your interest in the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution. The Overmountain Victory Trail Association, Inc. has been telling "The Story" for 40 years. Join us at www.ovta.org.