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Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail

All Tours: 3

The Story - narrated

Experience “The Story” now in 18 chapters of narration and music. Author and storyteller Randell Jones is accompanied by original Celtic-inspired music performed by The Forget-Me-Nots. Click on the first numbered chapter below. After each chapter, look for the black "Tour Navigation"…

Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail - Online

This online tour takes you along the route of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. It commemorates the campaign of the Overmountain men and the backcountry patriot militia from today's Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia in their pursuit of British…

Route of South Carolina Militia and Lincoln County Militia

This is the story of how South Carolina militia and Lincoln County Militia arrived at what became the Battle of Kings Mountain. Read the "Introduction" below and then click on the first location (or chapter), "A Crisis of Leadership," to begin. After you click on the first…

Newest Stories

Greenlee Ford and the Catawba River

Greenlee Ford was the shallow crossing of the Catawba River used by travelers. The party of some 1400 backcountry militiamen crossed the river on the morning October 1, 1780 and marched up the valley…

Pilot Mountain

Pilot Mountain was a prominent landmark adjacent to the South Mountains. A broad gap to its southeast provided passage between the Catawba River basin and the Broad River basin. The backcountry…

Bedford Hill

Bedford Hill was the campsite of the backcountry militiamen on the nights of October 1 and 2. A heavy and persistent rain forced the men to stop their march toward Gilbert Town. These volunteers did…

Battle of Cane Creek

On September 12, 1780, Burke County militiamen under Colonel Charles McDowell and Rutherford County militiamen under Colonel Andrew Hampton were encamped near Pilot Mountain at White Oak Springs when…

Council Oak marker

On the evening of September 30, 1780, the militia officers met in a council of war to discuss plans for continuing their campaign in pursuit of British Major Patrick Ferguson. The officers met beneath…

McDowell House at Quaker Meadows

On September 30, 1780, about one thousand militiamen from the Overmountain region (today's East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia) marched into Quaker Meadows to gather with 350 militiamen from Surry…

Quaker Meadows Cemetery

Quaker Meadows Cemetery is a gated cemetery and a certified site on the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. It includes the graves of brothers Charles McDowell and Joseph McDowell as well as…

Gilbert Town

Gilbert Town was a small frontier settlement occupied at different times by patriot and British forces. British Lt. Anthony Allaire wrote in his diary: "This town contains one dwelling house, one…

Ford at Green River (Alexander's Ford)

On the evening of October 5, 1780, the patriot militiamen reached the Green River but had lost the trail for Patrick Ferguson's retreating army. Nevertheless, good fortune intervened. A large band of…

The Cowpens

On October 6, 1780, the mounted backcountry patriot militia rode hard from the ford at Green River for 22 miles, arriving at The Cowpens, a place for fattening cattle before taking them to market. It…

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