In celebration of Abingdon’s rich Revolutionary War history & influence, the Independence Day Extravaganza will have several groups on hand to share the history during the event from 4-7pm.
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 groups that will be involved in the Independence Day Extravaganza on the Field’s Penn Lawn from 4-7pm include:
Overmountain Victory Trail Association
Abingdon Muster Grounds Musick, Fife and Drum Corps
Black’s Fort Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution
General William Campbell Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution
Organized by The Abingdon Muster Grounds staff. Please consider visiting the grounds, and experience the interactive exhibits.
Also showcasing 2 antique fire trucks on display from the Abingdon Fire Department.