2014-09-17 / LifeStyles

BEATING THE REDCOATS:

Upstate Revolutionary War Weekend explores how the South won the battle for independence


Members of a militia re- enactment unit present a weapon firing demonstration at last year’s Upstate Revolutionary War Weekend activities at Cowpens National Battlefield. This year’s events will be held at Cowpens on Oct. 4- 5 from 10 a. m.- 4 p. m. Cowpens Battlefield and the Overmountain Victory Trail Association will present an outdoor drama, “The Night Before Kings Mountain,” on Monday, Oct. 6, at 6 p. m. 
PHOTO COURTESY OF COWPENS NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD Members of a militia re- enactment unit present a weapon firing demonstration at last year’s Upstate Revolutionary War Weekend activities at Cowpens National Battlefield. This year’s events will be held at Cowpens on Oct. 4- 5 from 10 a. m.- 4 p. m. Cowpens Battlefield and the Overmountain Victory Trail Association will present an outdoor drama, “The Night Before Kings Mountain,” on Monday, Oct. 6, at 6 p. m. PHOTO COURTESY OF COWPENS NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD Concord and Lexington may have been where

America’s fight for freedom began, but the

Revolutionary War was won in the fields and mountains of the Carolinas. Area residents will be able to experience that independent spirit during an Upstate Revolutionary War Weekend that begins Friday, Oct. 3, and continues through Tuesday, Oct. 7.

The Weekend begins at Walnut Grove Plantation in Roebuck, where visitors will relive the Revolution through a living history encampment, battle re-enactments and guided lantern tours. FestiFall begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, with a guided lantern tour to the plantation’s cemetery with vignettes telling different stories of the Revolutionary era. Guided lantern tours are $5 for children 5-17 and $10 for adults, and require reservations; call 864-576-6546. FestiFall’s activities continue from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, with battle re-enactments at noon and 4 p.m. and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, with a final re-enactment at 1 p.m. Admission to FestiFall is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 5-17, and free for ages 4 and under.

Cowpens National Battlefield will hold its events on Oct. 4-5 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cowpens will have individuals demonstrating crafts such as gun making, cooking, salt making and textile dying as well as various rangerled programs. On Monday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m. the Battlefield and Overmountain Victory Trail Association will present an outdoor drama, “The Night Before Kings Mountain.” All activities at Cowpens National Battlefield are free.

The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, a 330-mile route that runs through Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina, has sections of the trail at Kings Mountain National Military Park, Cowpens National Battlefield and Cherokee County. There are segments available for visitors to take a walk in the footsteps of the Overmountain Men who fought bravely at the Battle of Kings Mountain.

The City of Gaffney will host numerous activities beginning Saturday, Oct. 4, with an art project for all ages from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. making period silhouettes. Activities will continue Sunday evening, Oct. 5, with a coveredwagon tour through Gaffney’s historic districts. The “Spirits of Independence” tour will start at the Cherokee County History Museum, with four 90-minute guided tours departing every 30 minutes beginning at 5 p.m. On Monday, Oct. 6, the city will conclude its special events with a “March on Main Street” and storytelling at the cabin. Two auxiliary exhibits will be available during this weekend. The Gaffney Visitor Center and Art Gallery offers a free-admission exhibition, “Redcoats: The British Soldiers in South Carolina during the American Revolution.” Cherokee County History and Arts Museum will host “The American Revolutionary War 1775-1783 in South Carolina.” For more information, contact the Gaffney Visitor Center and Art Gallery at 864-487-6244.

Considered to be one of the turning points of the American

Revolution, Kings Mountain National Military Park in Blacksburg has a full weekend of events to mark the 234th anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain. Starting on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 9 a.m., Kings Mountain will hold its anniversary encampment, where visitors can explore both patriot and loyalist camps, talk to living history interpreters and watch weapons firing demonstrations. Children will have an opportunity to learn the militia drill of an 18th century soldier, and Signora Bella, an 18th century travelling performer, will perform. Free guided lantern tours will be available Saturday, Oct. 4, starting at 7 p.m. and leaving every 10 minutes thereafter. The last tour departs at 8. Reservations are required for the guided lantern tours; the park will begin taking reservations today. Call 864-936-7921 to schedule a tour.

On Sunday, Oct. 5, the anniversary encampment continues from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Signora Bella will perform.

The weekend culminates with the 234th anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain on Tuesday, Oct. 7. A commemorative wreath-laying ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. That afternoon, the Overmountain Victory Trail Association marchers will arrive at 3 p.m., followed by a keynote address from author Mike Harris. All activities at Kings Mountain National Military Park are free.

For more information about any of the activities taking place during the Upstate Revolutionary War Weekend and for a printable schedule, visit RevWarWeekend.com or contact Valerie Baldwin at valerie_ baldwin@nps.gov or at 864-461-2828.

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