Revolutionary War Days, September and October
Guest Speaker, Wednesday, September 13, at 7:00 PM. Join us at the Historic Old Burke County Courthouse for an exciting presentation by award-winning author and storyteller Randell Jones. He will discuss a little-known aspect of the famous Battle at Kings Mountain. His visit is co-sponsored by the N.C. Humanities Council and Historic Burke Foundation. Free and open to the public.
Revolutionary War Film Festival, Dates/Times to be Announced Soon. Join us at the Old Burke County Courthouse for a series of films documenting the importance of the patriot victory at Kings Mountain, SC on October 7, 1780 and subsequent events that culminated in the surrender of the British to General George Washington at Yorktown, VA on October 19, 1781. Learn about the relationship of the march of the “Overmountain Men” and their subsequent battle at Kings Mountain, to the Battle of Cowpens, led by General Daniel Morgan, for whom Morganton is named, the race to the Dan River, the battle of Guilford Courthouse, and the victory at Yorktown. Free and open to the public.
“A Call to Arms” Living History Day for Burke County 4th Graders, Tuesday, September 26 and Thursday, September 28. More than 1,100 4th graders from public, private, charter, and home schools will be at Catawba Meadows Park to learn about frontier life in Burke County in 1780 and the role Burke County played in the American Revolution. They will rotate through more than a dozen learning stations to hear storytelling and colonial music, learn colonial games, and discover how children their age lived here 237 years ago. (This event is only for fourth graders.)
Commemorative Crossing of the Catawba River and Afternoon of Programming, Saturday, September 30, 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM behind Judge’s Restaurant and along the Catawba River Greenway. Come cross the river or watch the river crossing that commemorates the crossing in 1780 by more than 1,400 men on their way to defeat the British at Kings Mountain. The river crossing will be followed by an afternoon of programming for people of all ages: children can try their hand at playing colonial games, and children and adults alike can listen to storytellers and watch demonstrations of colonial-era domestic and farm skills. Guilford County Courthouse Fife and Drum will be on hand, so join us. Free and open to the public. (If you are interested in crossing the river, please call 828-448-2923.)
“A Time to Remember and Honor,” Charles McDowell House, 119 St. Mary’s Church Road, Morganton, NC, Sunday, October 1, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Come sample life as it was lived in Burke County in 1780: eat a variety of foods made from colonial recipes; tour the 1812 house that was a wedding gift from Charles McDowell of the Revolutionary War to his son; watch demonstrations of domestic and military skills; hear members of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association, storyteller Skip Carson from the Orchard at Altapass, and well-known author Randell Jones discuss the role Burke County played in a key victory of the American Revolution; hear colonial music; and more! Free and open to the public.