Abingdon Muster Grounds

Abingdon Muster Grounds The Abingdon Muster Grounds, northern trail head of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, is a picturesque park with an Interpretive Center.
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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, today know as the Overmountain Men. A brave group of some 400 volunteers came to the Abingdon Muster Grounds to begin their journey. The Virginians joined militia from modern day Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina, and the 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 successful end to the Revolution, assuring independence for the United States of America. The Keller Interpretive Center is located within the 9-acre Muster Grounds, and is the premier center for Colonial Backcountry history from the American Revolutionary period in Southwest Virginia. 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 Keller Interpretive Center is open from 9-5 daily. The Grounds and the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail are open from dawn-dusk.

Today at the Muster Grounds (while the weather holds!): Repairing an old loom and working on benches.
12/29/2019

Today at the Muster Grounds (while the weather holds!): Repairing an old loom and working on benches.

We spent the morning with a group from Chesapeake, VA and enjoyed telling them about the backcountry and the victory at ...
12/05/2019

We spent the morning with a group from Chesapeake, VA and enjoyed telling them about the backcountry and the victory at Kings Mountain

In observance of Thanksgiving, the Keller Interpretive Center will be closed:Wednesday, November 27, 2019, 1:00 pm-5:00 ...
11/27/2019

In observance of Thanksgiving, the Keller Interpretive Center will be closed:
Wednesday, November 27, 2019, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Thursday, November 28, 2019
Friday, November 29. 2019
The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail and the Grounds will remain open from dawn to dusk, daily.

We’ll be telling the story of the Overmountain Victory at Kings Mountain to several groups over the next few days. Conta...
11/19/2019

We’ll be telling the story of the Overmountain Victory at Kings Mountain to several groups over the next few days. Contact us and we’ll schedule a storytelling event for your group!

Upper Tennessee River Roundtable
10/28/2019

Upper Tennessee River Roundtable

Thanks to everyone who picked up litter at our annual Muster Grounds cleanup Sunday. We had 42 volunteers and a big pile of litter, buckets, wood, and a door. Special thanks to the Scouts and to the Emory & Henry College Greeks. Thanks to sponsors Sustain Abingdon, Clean Virginia Waterways, Keep Southwest Virginia Beautiful, and TVA.

When a call to arms was issued for militia to respond to British Major Patrick Ferguson’s threat that, “he would march h...
09/24/2019

When a call to arms was issued for militia to respond to British Major Patrick Ferguson’s threat that, “he would march his army over the mountains, hang their leaders, and lay waste their country with fire and sword,” men from all over the region moved into action. After a two-week campaign, the Overmountain Men fought the Battle of Kings Mountain with overwhelming success. Thomas Jefferson said that the Battle of Kings Mountain was “the turn of the tide of success which terminated the Revolutionary War, with the seal of our independence.”

September 24, 1780: Washington County Virginia militia, under the command of Colonel William Campbell, departed the Abingdon Muster Grounds in pursuit of British Major Patrick Ferguson. Many of the militia men and their families were congregants of Sinking Springs or Ebbing Springs Presbyterian Churches, both led by the “Fighting Parson” Charles Cummings (depicted in this photo).

Visit Abingdon VA
09/24/2019

Visit Abingdon VA

Abingdon is full of history, but today is something special. On this date in 1780, Abingdon played a crucial role in the Revolutionary War, one that changed the course of American history, according to Thomas Jefferson. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

On September 24, 1780 the Overmountain Men mustered in Abingdon to begin their 330-mile march to the Battle of Kings Mountain, SC.

Under the leadership of Colonel William Campbell, 400 Virginians set out to join patriot militia from modern-day Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. After a two week campaign, the Overmountain Men fought the Battle of Kings Mountain with overwhelming success. Thomas Jefferson said it was “the turn of the tide of success which terminated the Revolutionary War, with the seal of our independence”.

Learn more at https://visitabingdonvirginia.com/directory/overmountain-victory-trail, then visit the Abingdon Muster Grounds to view the historic site yourself!

Look out for a segment about our annual event for 4th graders, A Call to Arms, on WJHL!
09/18/2019

Look out for a segment about our annual event for 4th graders, A Call to Arms, on WJHL!

A big huzzah to the Emory & Henry students who participated in a service plunge at the Muster Grounds today! Your work h...
08/27/2019

A big huzzah to the Emory & Henry students who participated in a service plunge at the Muster Grounds today! Your work here is greatly appreciated!

Come sit a spell! We are here telling stories of the backcountry during the colonial era. Huzzah for Liberty and the vic...
08/24/2019

Come sit a spell! We are here telling stories of the backcountry during the colonial era.

Huzzah for Liberty and the victory at Kings Mountain!

Kings Mountain National Military Park
08/22/2019

Kings Mountain National Military Park

TODAY IN HISTORY

On Wednesday, August 22nd, 1781, Brigadier General William Campbell, overall commander of patriot forces at the battle of Kings Mountain, passes away after falling ill two days prior.

A Virginia militia leader throughout the Revolutionary War, he is also a signer of the Fincastle Resolutions in 1775, the earliest statement of armed resistance to the British Crown in the colonies. He also serves in the Virginia House of Delegates in 1780 and 1781, representing Hanover County. He is probably best-known for his campaigns against loyalists. After the victory at the battle of Kings Mountain, he works together with the Continental Army to resist the British invasion of Virginia and fights in the battle of Guilford Courthouse in March 1781.

Just a few months before the pivotal siege of Yorktown, Campbell falls ill with "a complaint in his breast," and dies a few days later of an apparent heart attack. Hearing of his friend's death, Marquis de Lafayette issues a General Order praising Campbell as "an officer whose services must have endeared him to every citizens, and in particular to every American soldier. The glory which General Campbell has acquired in the affairs of King's Mountain and Guilford Court House, will do his memory everlasting honor, and insure him a high rank among the defenders of liberty in the American cause."

Thank you Rory from TREK America and the group for making Abingdon Muster Grounds part of your park experience.
08/10/2019

Thank you Rory from TREK America and the group for making Abingdon Muster Grounds part of your park experience.

Join us for stories about colonial backcountry Virginia!
08/02/2019

Join us for stories about colonial backcountry Virginia!

Abingdon Muster Grounds's cover photo
07/30/2019

Abingdon Muster Grounds's cover photo

You don't want to miss this opportunity to hear this story from fantastic interpreters!  Come to the Executive Auditoriu...
07/30/2019
Performance Storytelling: "We Were There: On the March to Kings Mountain" - Virginia Highlands Festival

You don't want to miss this opportunity to hear this story from fantastic interpreters!

Come to the Executive Auditorium at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, tonight at 7:00!

Three renowned interpreters and storytellers, dressed in period costumes, will perform their first-person reenactments of the mustering of the patriot militia in the Appalachian Mountains and their march to Kings Mountain during the Revolutionary War. They will give the audience an awareness of what...

Civil War Event 2019
07/29/2019

Civil War Event 2019

Battle #1 over. Join us tomorrow for #2.
07/27/2019

Battle #1 over. Join us tomorrow for #2.

Abingdon Muster Grounds's cover photo
07/27/2019

Abingdon Muster Grounds's cover photo

Abingdon Muster Grounds's cover photo
07/27/2019

Abingdon Muster Grounds's cover photo

Abingdon Civil War Weekend-2019
07/27/2019

Abingdon Civil War Weekend-2019

Civil War Weekend is officially underway. Come out and visit the encampments and enjoy the battle beginning at 2:00 PM
07/27/2019

Civil War Weekend is officially underway. Come out and visit the encampments and enjoy the battle beginning at 2:00 PM

We are always pleased to come across people who will hold a tattered flag until it can be properly retired. Thank you Ca...
07/25/2019

We are always pleased to come across people who will hold a tattered flag until it can be properly retired. Thank you Cal & Martha Emerson from San Diego CA for hanging on throughout the miles until you arrived at the Abingdon Muster Grounds. Be like Cal and Martha...bring us your flags.

07/19/2019

What Backcountry Colonial Muster Camp would be complete without signing in of our Junior Rangers after completing the Junior Ranger Activity Book and the firing of the volley!

Photos from Abingdon Muster Grounds's post
07/19/2019

Photos from Abingdon Muster Grounds's post

Day #5 of Backcountry Colonial Muster Camp also included Mariner Mike demonstrating knot tying. ⚓️
07/19/2019

Day #5 of Backcountry Colonial Muster Camp also included Mariner Mike demonstrating knot tying. ⚓️

07/19/2019

Day #5 of Backcountry Colonial Muster Camp. Marching the young Patriots down the trail.

Backcountry Colonial Muster Camp wouldn’t be complete without our “Native American” friend and our Backcountry Women tel...
07/18/2019

Backcountry Colonial Muster Camp wouldn’t be complete without our “Native American” friend and our Backcountry Women telling their stories. Day #4

07/17/2019

Also everyday Muster Music!

Candle-making, tie-dying shirts and patchwork quilt squares completes Day #3 of Backcountry Colonial Muster Camp.
07/17/2019

Candle-making, tie-dying shirts and patchwork quilt squares completes Day #3 of Backcountry Colonial Muster Camp.

Ms. Theresa spoke of cooking to cleaning pots and the fun toys of the 1780’s.
07/17/2019

Ms. Theresa spoke of cooking to cleaning pots and the fun toys of the 1780’s.

07/16/2019

The Virginia Longhunter is showing the campers how to start a fire with flint and steel

Day #2  Backcountry Colonial Muster Camp. “The Long-hunter” John Gillian
07/16/2019

Day #2 Backcountry Colonial Muster Camp. “The Long-hunter” John Gillian

Drop spindle, Muster Music and more. Wonderful educational day.
07/15/2019

Drop spindle, Muster Music and more. Wonderful educational day.

2019 Backcountry Colonial Muster Camp is underway.
07/15/2019

2019 Backcountry Colonial Muster Camp is underway.

The Keller Interpretive Center will be closed today. Enjoy the festivities!Huzzah for Liberty!
07/04/2019
Visit Abingdon VA

The Keller Interpretive Center will be closed today. Enjoy the festivities!

Huzzah for Liberty!

Abingdon celebrates Independence Day Thursday July 4th with family fun and our biggest fireworks finale ever!

Congratulations to our newest recruits to the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail Junior Ranger program from Ra...
07/03/2019

Congratulations to our newest recruits to the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail Junior Ranger program from Raleigh NC!

He is taking a break from thru hiking the Appalachian Trail to follow the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. ...
06/22/2019

He is taking a break from thru hiking the Appalachian Trail to follow the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. Huzzah!
Find Your Trails!

Are you looking for a fun and informative program or activity for your group? Give us a call!We really enjoyed all of th...
06/20/2019

Are you looking for a fun and informative program or activity for your group? Give us a call!

We really enjoyed all of the students today.

Flag Day
06/14/2019

Flag Day

Wonderful storytelling today.
06/13/2019

Wonderful storytelling today.

OVTA+students+striker+flint+persistence=sparks, smoke, flame and fun learning
06/13/2019

OVTA+students+striker+flint+persistence=sparks, smoke, flame and fun learning

Thank you Michael Henningsen for the wonderful story of the “Fighting Parson” and his contribution to the “Overmountain ...
06/07/2019

Thank you Michael Henningsen for the wonderful story of the “Fighting Parson” and his contribution to the “Overmountain Men” and the battle of Kings Mountain.

British Major Patrick Ferguson gave his take on the Battle of King’s Mountain today. Thank you Tom Vaughan. Great story!
06/07/2019

British Major Patrick Ferguson gave his take on the Battle of King’s Mountain today. Thank you Tom Vaughan. Great story!

Interesting sky today! Open the photo for full panoramic effect.
05/31/2019

Interesting sky today! Open the photo for full panoramic effect.

Address

1780 Muster Place
Abingdon, VA
24210

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(276) 525-1050

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