Reenactors, historians to celebrate area’s Revolutionary history

Staff Report

In March, the local chapter of the Overmountain Victory Trail Association planned a living history event on the trail near Elkin Public Library in conjunction with the Gathering of the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, but snowy weather caused organizers to postpone the weekend’s events.

This Saturday, as part of National Trails Day, the OVTA Wilkes-Surry Chapter again plans a living history gathering along the Revolutionary War trail on the southside of West Main Street near the railroad trestle.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., reenactors and living history participants will be on hand to share with the public what life was like 240 years ago when the Overmountain Men mustered in Elkin and Abingdon, Virginia, and then marched on to Kings Mountain for the battle that was the turning point in the Revolutionary War.

There will be musket demonstrations, dancing to colonial music, 18th-century iced cream, reenactors portraying members of the Surry Militia and stations set up to learn about ladies’ clothing of the period and children’s games.

The day’s activities will be free.

For more information, contact the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce at 336-526-1111 or visit Facebook at Wilkes Surry Chapter Overmountain Victory Trail 1780.

Staff Report