In the summer of 1780, the Southern American colonies – and hopes of independence – seemed at the mercy of an invading British army. A militia was formed on the western frontier, known as the Overmountain Men. This brave group of some 400 volunteers came to the Abingdon Muster Grounds to begin their journey. Joined by other militia, 1,000 Overmountain Men gave chase to British Major Patrick Ferguson, surrounding his army on Kings Mountain, SC.
In little over an hour, they killed or captured his entire command. Kings Mountain was the beginning of the end to the Revolution, assuring independence for the United States of America.
The Muster Grounds is the northern trailhead of the 330-mile long Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail.
Exhibits help visitors discover what life was like for the Overmountain Men, Backcountry Women, African-Americans and Native Americans, as well as British Loyalists, and a history of Washington County–the Overmountain region of Southwest Virginia. Artifacts used at the Battle of Kings Mountain and others from the late 18th-century Overmountain region are on display. The Eastern National sales area provides something special and unique-for all ages-to take home to remember their experience at the Muster Grounds.